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What happens to food after it is consumed?

After you eat, the food goes on a journey through your digestive system. The digestive system is made up of many parts, including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, large intestine, and small intestine. Each part of your digestive system breaks down food into tiny bits. Enzymes help break down the food. Once the food is broken down, the digestive system moves it along. Your body takes in tiny bits of food to use as energy.

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