time frame for small intestine

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   Posted 4/16/2011 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
How long does it take the small intestine to digest food?

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   Posted 4/16/2011 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's a chart from http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/basics/transit.html
I assume they mean the small intestine not the "small person"

50% of stomach contents emptied 2.5 to 3 hours
Total emptying of the stomach 4 to 5 hours
50% emptying of the small intestine 2.5 to 3 hours
Transit through the colon 30 to 40 hours

Remember that these are estimtes of average transit times, and there is a great deal of variability among individuals and in the small person at different times and after different meals.
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