How The Body Breaks Down The Digestion And Absorption Process

1156 Words Jan 18th, 2016 5 Pages
When we look at the different types of nutrients that our bodies need to perform even the simplest of task, we must first understand how the body breaks down the digestion and absorption process. What is digestion? Digestion can be defined as both the chemical and mechanical break down of sustenance into smaller organic portions. Macromolecules must be broken down into much smaller fragments that become a more suitable size for absorption throughout the digestive system (Sadava, D et al., 2008). Larger more complex molecules such as proteins and lipids must be concentrated to simpler particles before they can be absorbed by digestive epithelial cells. Many organs play contribute to the digestive process in breaking down food. Both hallow (Mouth, esophagus, stomach, large and small intestine) and solid (liver, pancreas, and gallbladder) organs aide in the the process (McKinley, 2014). In this paper, we will discuss food that and athlete should consume in order to assist with their athletic performance. The two types of nutrients that will be discussed at large are carbohydrates and lipids also known as fats

Which types of foods might contain the nutrients in your research?

Carbohydrates
In accordance to the Dietary Reference Intakes established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on ought to consume anywhere between 40 to 60 percent of caloric intake in the form of carbohydrates (U.S Department, 2010). Once consumed, carbohydrates are then converted into glucose and…

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