Giulia Enders – Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

Giulia Enders – Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

A good popular-science book about the digestive system. Enders offers insights about the digestive process, the human microbiome, how the body extracts nutrients from food, and more. One fun nugget is that the stomach “knows” how long to work on different types of food before passing it along to the intestines. Liquids can pass through in as little as ten minutes, whereas tougher-to-digest foods that need substantial breaking down can linger for several hours. Enders doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking here, nor is she offering s controversial new thesis. It’s just an enjoyable, if at times a little gross, way to learn some biology.

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