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Do vegetables and fruits require stomach acid, even if to a lesser extent that protein, to be digested?

Commented on January 10, 2014
Created January 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Stomach acid is essential to break down fats and protein. Does anybody know if fruits and vegetables require stomach acid, even if to a lesser extent e.g. small amounts, in order to be broken down?

Even 100g of kale contains 4g protein so I suppose it does ? Fruits and vegetables are solid foods and when eating things like kale after chewing they are not yet liquid. So how do these proteins and solids get broken down in the stomach, does stomach acid play a role.

What about avocado, it contains protein and significant fat, does it require stomach acid to be digested like normal protein?

Thanks

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 10, 2014
at 10:04 PM

not sure if this is true or not...i seem to recall reading that food rich in fiber content take a long time (longer time?) to pass through the stomach. i presume kale would be classed as rich in fiber?

so may be that is a factor...slowing down stomach transit time (assuming it does).

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on January 10, 2014
at 09:49 PM

Actually I have low stomach acid and perhaps pancreatic enzymes. I find that I am sensitive to nearly all foods. However recently I have found that I can eat kale. Since my problem is with enzymes and especially stomach acid, I wanted to know what kale required in order to be digested. I am probably getting an immune reaction with other foods(so its not just a question of enzymes), however I haven't tried a few vegetables e.g. avocadoes and I would be interested to know if avocados and other vegetables/fruits require stomach acid/have a similar digestive profile to kale.

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on January 10, 2014
at 09:32 PM

Curious what the point of the question is… what's your thought process?

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