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Name: Julia
Status: student
Grade: 12+
Location: Outside U.S.
Country: Israel
Date: October 2008

Question:
How do our glucose levels rise right after meals, if it takes several hours for food to be digested and glucose to enter the bloodstream? Does some glucose enter it immediately, being absorbed from the stomach? Or may be liver releases some glicogen as soon as stomach becomes full?



Replies:
We have salivary amylase in our mouths so that carbohydrates begin digestion in the mouth. There is no digestion of carbs in the stomach.

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