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Nutrient Absorption

Okay first off, I am not a troll and this is an insanely stupid question but it’s always been in the back of my mind I just didn’t wanna look stupid and ask it…but I’m kinda lactose intolerant and tonight I had a meal of ground beef/carrots/corn/green beans all mixed up with a glass of milk. I had to shit literally within 5 minutes of finishing this. Does this mean I didn’t get any of the nutrients in the food and it just ran straight thru me or am I just an idiot?

Your body probably did not have take to absorb anything except a few simple sugars and a small portion of the water soluble nutrients. Moreover, since lots of substances are added in the stomach and later on, your body did not have time to recycle those either so you are probably looking at a net loss.

Thats why diarrhea is one of the leading causes of death among infants in developing countries (>2.5 million deaths/year), they starve even when there is food available to them, since they can’t metabolize it