How Does Stomach Acid Work?

4 July 2017, 16:17 | Updated: 4 July 2017, 16:24

How does the acid in your stomach help break down the nutrients in food?

Girl eating food
Girl eating food. Picture: Google

Mystery Hour Question

How do any of the good parts of my food get through if my stomach is full of hydrochloric acid?

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Answer: The acid breaks down the food in the stomach so all the nutrients can be absorbed when in the small intestine. Stomach acid is much weaker than the hydrochloric acid you use in everyday life.