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Do you still absorb the calories if they pass through quickly


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I binged today and ate three pieces of carrot cake.  Within about an hour I was on the loo with the runs. I know it was too much cake, it always happens after a binge. My question is, as it irritated and passed through my body relatively quickly, do you think all the fat and calories are absorbed? Its not that I'm planning on bingeing regularly if not all the calories are taken in, I'm just curious. The same thing happens if I eat too much lettuce. And sweetcorn is never fully digested! What happens to the nutrients, do they stay in the corn?

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Im not too sure if the calories are absorbed or not, but I can tell you that our bodies quite simply put, do not digest the skin of the corn. Most people see the corn when they go to the bathroom whether its loose or formed. As far as having the runs within an hour of eating, regardless of how much you ate, can be an indication of bigger problems. I had that problem everytime I ate for over 3 years and associated it with the Glucophage they had me on for my diabetes and never thought twice when they changed my meds but I was still running EVERY time I ate. I was passing absolutely undigested food only to find out not long ago that it is celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disease that is triggered by gluten. After they tested me I started playing with my diet and realized that it only happened when I ate gluten containing foods such as bread, pasta, or anything that contains flour. Now I am on a gluten free diet and within 2 days of switching I started noticing the difference and now I am pretty much back to normal, something I havent seen since 2004. My point is, it can be a food intolerance or allergy or it can be an indicator of something much worse like an autoimmune disorder like celiac or chrohns but I really think you should discuss it with your doctor.
I frequently have this kind of problem (food going straight through). My doc said I still absorb about two thirds of the nutrients and calories.
As far as I know, different types of nutrients are absorbed in different areas in your gut. At least that's what I remember from my nutrition classes during my catering course. But I can't remember anything in detail >_<

Anyone know more about this?

I remember throwing some information together about what chewing and spitting doesn't work. Sugars start breaking down in your mouth due to saliva, so you're probably getting SOME calorie absorption. No idea how much...

I was wondering about that too (not for any particular reason) but because I'm lactose-intolerant so anything containing more than a small amount of dairy really doesn't stay with me long! I made macaroni cheese for myself last week and half an hour after I ate it, I had to go visit the bathroom in a hurry. It's not an excuse to eat lots of icecream (why would I want to when it makes me miserable?!) but I was really wondering what proportion of the calories (and nutrients) I'm actually taking in when I have a dairy-containing meal...

You still intake the calories...

It also wasn't the cake that passed through that fast, food takes longer than an hour to pass through the digestive system. It was other food that was making way for this sudden extra intake in food.

This question reminds me of the anorexic girl I knew that took laxatives like they were going out of style.
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You will still absorb most of the calories, just not absorb the water because it bypasses your colon.  It still travels through your small intestine, and that is where the nutrients/calories are absorbed.  It may seem like you lost weight, but it's just water weight.
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You still intake the calories...

It also wasn't the cake that passed through that fast, food takes longer than an hour to pass through the digestive system. It was other food that was making way for this sudden extra intake in food.

 I was thinking the same thing, it's the stuff already sitting there that suddenly gets 'evacuated' lol.

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