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MEAT OR VEGETABLES :- Which is more easily digestible by our human digestive system...

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pranitingale | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted November 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM via web

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MEAT OR VEGETABLES :- Which is more easily digestible by our human digestive system and WHY ?

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ncchemist | eNotes Employee

Posted November 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM (Answer #1)

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I don't think that there is a huge difference in digestion times but in general vegetables are more easily digested than meats.  Meat contains a lot of protein and fats.  These contain amide and ester chemical bonds which are time consuming to hydrolyze with stomach acid.  Vegetables on the other had have a large water content and also carbohydrates and fiber.  Carbohydrates are polysaccharides that are broken down into simple sugars for absorption.  Fiber is composed of large, insoluble saccharide polymers that are not well digested by the body and simply pass through the digestive system and excreted as waste.

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