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How fast does the stomach empty during digestion?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
The stomach empties different foods at different rates. For example, fat takes longer to leave the stomach than other foods, sometimes remaining in the stomach for up to six hours. Liquids empty quickly, often leaving the stomach within 20 to 30 minutes. Usually, most of a regular-sized meal empties from the stomach within two hours.
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