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what are the coversions taking place in the small intestine during digestion?

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yash15 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted May 24, 2012 at 4:46 AM via web

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what are the coversions taking place in the small intestine during digestion?

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 25, 2012 at 1:26 AM (Answer #1)

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The purpose of digestion is to make large molecules of food small enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream and transported to body cells. Hydrolysis occurs in the small intestine, with enzymes from both the small intestine and pancreas which help to catalyze these chemical reactions. Carbohydrates digest to simple sugar--glucose. Lipids become fatty acids and glycerol. Protein becomes amino acids. These substances are known as endproducts of digestion. They can then be absorbed through tiny hairs in the small intestine called villi and circulated in the bloodstream(glucose and amino acids) or the lymph system (fatty acids and glycerol).

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crazynitin998 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted May 27, 2012 at 5:17 AM (Answer #2)

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Hydrolysis occurs in the small intestine, with enzymes from both the small intestine and pancreas which help to catalyze these chemical reactions. Carbohydrates digest to simple sugar--glucose. Lipids become fatty acids and glycerol. Protein becomes amino acids. These substances are known as endproducts of digestion. They can then be absorbed through tiny hairs in the small intestine called villi and circulated in the bloodstream(glucose and amino acids) or the lymph system (fatty acids and glycerol).

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