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The Importance of Eating Foods in Proper Order

This mom of two has worked with non-profits to provide educational and health programs for local children, and improve the local workforce.


Have you ever eaten a great meal and then spent the following few hours belching as the food “bounces” or “rebels” from indigestion? Unfortunately, this is common. The good news is that in a lot of cases, this is an easy fix.

The digestive system’s job is to break up foods so the nutrients we need can be absorbed. What most people don’t realize is that we digest different types of foods at different rates. Our stomach acid can break down things like fruit much faster than a baked potato or meats.

Sadly, we live in a culture where sweets and fruits are a treat after a big meal. As the food in your stomach starts to break down, it progresses to the intestines. If slower digesting food blocks that progress, the food that digests first is forced to sit in your stomach, getting rancid and releasing gas (BURP!)

Whether you suffer from indigestion or are experiencing diarrhoea, vomiting or an illness that requires you to be gentle on your tummy, the food transit list can help you choose foods that are easy to digest. It will also help you when preparing full meals.

Food Transit Times

FoodTime to Digest


0-10 minutes

Juices & Broth

15-30 minutes

Fruit & Sweets

30-60 minutes


60 minutes

Low Starch & Leafy Greens Vegetables

1-2 hours

Grains & Legumes (including bread)

1-2 hours

Starchy Vegetables

2-3 hours

Nuts, Dairy & Eggs

2-4 hours

Meat & Fish

3-4 hours


4-8+ hours

More and more people are using a technique called, Food Combining when creating meals. While there are specific rules for food combining, the main focus revolves around being conscious of how long each food type takes to digest. By selecting foods that digest at the same rate, you can create a tasty, healthy meal that your body will digest without hassle.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rosa Marchisella


Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on June 16, 2012:

You're welcome :-) It's such an easy adjustment to make and the bonus is that, digestive-wise, it's best to eat dessert first ;-) lol

heartwort from Virginia on June 16, 2012:

Thanks, that's something that'll be easy to think about.

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on June 15, 2012:

My pleasure!

lasertekservices from Fargo, North Dakota on June 15, 2012:

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Thank you so much for this info.

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on June 15, 2012:

No problem :-) LOL - moderation is a very important skill, indeed!

lmlynde from Nevada on June 15, 2012:

Thanks so much Rosa for this helpful info! Love those darn nuts, but I have had to learn how to eat the things you love in moderation! Good thing it worked or I would really be a NUT! : )

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on June 15, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by. Great question. Nuts, Dairy & Eggs take 2-4 hours. Your omelette in specific may take as little as 2 hours to digest.

lmlynde from Nevada on June 15, 2012:

Great information about this topic! I was curious about the digestive time of eggs. I usually have a little egg & spinach omelette a few times a week.

Rosa Marchisella (author) from Canada on June 14, 2012:

Spy - Thanks for reading! It really does make a difference!

Beingwell - Thanks so much! I was surprised about that as well when I found out. Soooo yummy, but so long to digest!

Snowdrops - I was surprised at how well it worked when I learned about it and wonder why we were never taught this in health education classes at school.

snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on June 14, 2012:

it is really necessary to know the proper order of the foods we taking in. one, to get all the vitamins we need and to help solve indigestion. It's a win-win thing!

beingwell from Bangkok on June 14, 2012:

I didn't know that shellfish takes a long to digest. We have mussels once or twice a month.

Nice hub. 1 arrow up. :)

Life Under Construction from Neverland on June 14, 2012:

Hi Rosa. Yes, i agree that in order for us to get the proper nutrients and vitamins on what we eat, we must also consider eating our food in their proper order to maximize its effect and health benefits.

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