The journey of a ham sandwich

The journey of a ham sandwich
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  • I can tell you what will happen to that ham sandwhich! When you chew it the saliva releases the amylase enzyme which changes the carbohydrates into energy.
  • It then enters the throat which pushes it down the esophagus into the stomach
  • Food is now in the stomach where acid breaks down food further. Protease breaks protein into amino acids to help repair muscle and tissue.
  • When the food enters the small intestine it is broken up further so it can go through the villi and into the blood stream.
  • The large intestine then extracts the remaining water and the rest moves along to the rectum.
  • The rectum holds the waste until the ring of muscle, your anus is ready for you to poo it.
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