What is digestion?

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Eva B. Cwynar, MD
Internal Medicine
Digestion, the process by which food is broken down into simple chemical compounds that can be absorbed and used as nutrients or eliminated by the body, is one of the most energy-consuming functions of the human body. Food must be broken down all the way to its individual molecules to be useable. Our cells cannot absorb any of food's nutritional benefits until it has been "digested," meaning converted into energy and other useful components, which can then be absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body.
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