What happens to food when you swallow it?

What happens to food when you swallow it?


Hi kids! Moe here! Have you ever wondered what happens to the
food you eat after you swallow it? Well, what you’re talking about is a process
called digestion. It begins in your mouth with chewing and saliva. You might call saliva, spit or drool. It’s that stuff your mouth makes when you
see or smell delicious food and your mouth begins watering. After you swallow the food goes to your stomach. Where do you think your stomach is? Here? Nope! It’s actually up a little higher. behind your ribs and on your left side. The food you eat continues to digest here
in the stomach. Your stomach squeezes and mashed the food
and mixes it with stomach juices. The stomach juices and the churning of the
stomach turn the food into a thick soupy substance called chyme. Now it’s ready to enter the small intestine. The small intestine is a long tube, three
to five meters long or around 13 feet. That’s more than twice as tall as an adult! And all that tube is coiled up inside your
belly! The small intestine has a very important job
in the digestion process. More digestive juices are added and the food
you ate gets broken down into nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids,
and sugars. And your small intestine absorbs them. After the small intestine has taken all
the nutrients out of the food you’ve eaten it moves into the large intestine. At this point what’s left is mostly fiber
and water. The large intestine squeezes the water out
and reabsorbs it. What’s left is called feces, or you might
call it poop. Now digestion is finished! Have an adult help you leave a comment if you want to ask me a question. I look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, I’ve picked out some videos I think you might like. You can watch them here. Also, don’t forget to subscribe. and click the bell so you don’t miss future videos. And until next time, keep wondering!