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CLIP 14180

The process of digestion

The process of digestion
Key Info
  • The process of digestion
  • Duration: 03:04
  • Michael Mosley describes how food is broken down during the process of digestion. Each mouthful of food passes down the oesophagus and into the stomach. Here, hydrochloric acid and enzymes get to work, killing bacteria and chemically breaking down the food into smaller more useful components. Digestion is also helped by the churning action of the stomach's muscular walls, mashing the food to a pulp, in a process known as peristalsis. The liquefied food then passes from the stomach into the small intestine (duodenum), where fats, proteins and carbohydrates can be further broken down by enzymes. The lining of the small intestine is folded into millions of tiny structures called villi; these increase the surface area to about the size of a tennis court, allowing digested food to be rapidly and efficiently absorbed into the bloodstream. First broadcast on 'Inside the Human Body' on BBC One in May 2011.
  • Subject:



    Bio: Human Body

  • Keywords: InsidetheHumanBody, Digestive system, digestion, oesophagus, peristalsis, stomach, hydrochloric acid, enzymes, pyloric sphincter, fats, proteins, carbohydrates, intestines, villi, absorption, energy, Michael Mosley
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used to support the teaching of the process of digestion or healthy diet.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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