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How long does it take for different fruits and vegetables to digest?

Hi everyone, :)

after a conversation with my boyfriend last night who's curious to know how long it takes certain fruits/vegetables to digest, I was determined to ask it here.

If anyone can list as much fruit and vegetables as they can with the digestion duration next to each fruit/vegetable that would be very much appreciated. :)

Many thanks in advance! :)

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What do you mean by food combining? If you want the BEST results, do mono EVERYTHING and no smoothies. 


I sense very strongly that they are one of the most ideal fruits and very much tied in with our overall evolution. 

Are you asking about when it leaves your stomach, or when it leaves your body?

I know that this is something normal for everyone and always said not to drink too close to eating, but I feel best if I drink a big amount of water right before my meal and 10-15 mind after... Is it strange?

Actually I feel the best on my digestion this way, it just "flushes me out"... 

During the day, I drink 4l of pure water plus all the juicy fruits, nothing cooked, no overt fats, and in all my life I was saying "this is too salty for me" so no sodium problem... No dehydrated fruits. :)

It depends on one's individual digestion.  Some one who has digestive issues, some one who eats cooked foods or foods with no fiber will have a longer digestive time than someone who has been eating 811rv for some years and has no digestive issues.

That being said here is a generalized chart of how long before a meal leaves the stomach:


Good question Diane! :)  I am no expert myself but my understanding is that once a food leaves the stomach it is safe to eat the next meal for two reasons.  For one, the stomach is where most of the digestive acids and enzymes that are secreted according to the type of food you eat are mixed with the food to break it down and where the majority of the breaking down of foods is done after chewing.  For two, once there is no food left in the stomach, then the stomach can secrete a different mixture according to the needs of the next meal.  If you eat bad combos or non-food and it leaves the stomach virtually undigested or partially digested it will start fermenting in the intestines so can cause gas and other problems there.  

Lots of good reading on this website on digestion though I could not find an answer to what happens if different foods collide in the intestines so I assume it is the stomach food colliding/mixing that matters.  Similar with what I have read on other raw sites:

"Digestive speed and efficiency vary with individuals and circumstances. However, certain general statements can be made. Fruits pass through the stomach quickly; low-protein and low-starch vegetables also pass through the stomach rapidly, with little change; vegetables containing much starch must be retained in the stomach longer, for more thorough digestion; and proteins require a still longer time »for gastric digestion. Fruits may remain in the stomach for thirty to sixty minutes, low-protein and low-starch vegetables a little longer, concentrated starches about two hours and concentrated proteins approximately four hours. Some foods may take five or six hours or more to leave the stomach. Some examples are combination starch/protein foods like legumes (including beans), grains, cooked cabbage and flesh foods."




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