In the stomach, pepsin (another enzyme) breaks down proteins, and strong hydrochloric acid (p H 1.5-3, average of 2…this is why it stings when you vomit) further dissolves everything.

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“Humans can’t actually digest meat: it rots in the colon.” And its variant: “Meat takes 4-7 days to digest, because it has to rot in your stomach first.” (Some variations on this myth claim it takes up to two months!

) Like most vegetarian propaganda, it’s not just false, it’s an inversion of truth.

Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables…” One side benefit of a paleo diet is the elimination of the biggest, stinkiest fart producer—beans (due to the indigestible sugar raffinose)—and several smaller ones (wheat, oats, all grain products).

And it sure seems like my gut bacteria have less to do now that my amylase and sucrase supplies aren’t being overwhelmed by an avalanche of starch and sugar.

Meanwhile, the surface of the small intestine absorbs anything that our enzymes have broken down into sufficiently small components—usually individual amino acids, simple sugars, and free fatty acids.

Finally our ileocecal valve opens, and our small intestine releases what’s left into our large intestine— And the reason we have a bacterial colony in our colon is because our own enzymes can’t break down everything we eat.

And that 3.4% is likely due to dead intestinal bacteria (which make up a significant fraction of feces), not undigested meat.

Because of my excessive output, we had to make a rig that had a hose extending from the ostomy bag that drained into a one gallon jug.

Often the hose would get clogged and my wife or sister would have to use a coat hanger wire to unplug it.