Facts about the Digestive System

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Did you Know? List of Interesting Facts about the Digestive System
Facts are statements which are held to be true and often contrasted with opinions and beliefs. Our unusual and interesting facts about the Digestive System, trivia and information, including some useful statistics will fascinate everyone from kids and children to adults.

Interesting Facts about the Digestive System are as follows:

  • Fact 1 - Definition: The Digestive System makes food absorbable into the body and the elimination of waste. The Digestive System contains a group of organs that break down foods into chemical components that the body can absorb and use for energy, and for building and repairing cells and tissues

  • Fact 2 - Organs that make up the digestive system are:
    • The mouth
    • The esophagus (also spelt oesophagus)
    • The stomach
    • The small intestine
    • The large intestine
    • The rectum
    • The anus
  • Fact 3 - Organs that help with digestion, but are not part of the digestive tract are:
    • Pancreas
    • Liver
    • Gallbladder
    • Tongue
    • Glands in the mouth that make saliva
  • Fact 4 - The digestive tract is similar to a long tube which is approximately 30 feet long in total running through the middle of the body
  • Fact 5 - The digestive tract starts at the mouth, where food and drink enter the body, and finishes at the anus where leftover food and waste leave the body.
  • Fact 6 - The mouth: the opening through which food is taken in
  • Fact 7 - The esophagus (also spelt oesophagus): the passage between the pharynx and the stomach
  • Fact 8 - stomach: a digestive cavity - a muscular sac-like organ of the alimentary canal and is the principal organ of digestion
  • Fact 9 - The small intestine: part of the intestine that goes from the cecum to the rectum.
  • Fact 10 - The large intestine: It is the longest part of the alimentary canal; where digestion is completed
  • Fact 11 - The rectum: extracts moisture from food residues which are later excreted as feces
  • Fact 12 - The anus: the excretory opening at the end of the alimentary canal
  • Fact 13 - Pancreas: long gland that lies behind the stomach; manufactures insulin and digestive enzymes
  • Fact 14 - Liver: The liver is the largest organ in the body and performs important functions such as making bile, changing food into energy and cleaning alcohol and poisons from the blood.
  • Fact 15 - Gallbladder: a muscular sac attached to the liver that secretes bile and stores it until needed for digestion
  • Fact 16 - The average male will eat about 50 tons of food during his life
  • Fact 17 - A typical person harbors more than 400 distinct species of bacteria in the colon
  • Fact 18 - The liver performs more than 500 functions

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