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For A&P Students: Digestion of Carbohydrates


For those of you who have stumbled across my blog because you have googled "Digestion of Carbohydrates" this is for you! I hope my simple MNEMONIC helps you! These are just major points to help you. You can fill in the rest.

It goes like this:

Sal: Salivary Amylase in oral cavity begins to breakdown starches
Took: (Bolus) travels down the esophagus to stomach by peristalsis
Carlos: (Salivary Amylase) continues to digest starches and glycogen until stomach acid renders it inactive (about 1 - 2 hours).
Down: In duodenum remaining complex carbs are broken down by pancreatic alpha - amylase
Alley: Arrive at brush boarder enzymes where disaccharides and trisaccharides are broken into monosaccharides.
Induced: I
ntestinal epithelium absorbs the monosaccharides by facilitated / co-transport.
Money: Monosaccharides diffuse into the capillaries of the villus -->
He: Hepatic Portal Vein -->
Left: Liver -->
Happy: Hepatic Vein -->
It's: I
nferior Vena Cava -->
Harlem: Heart --> and finally to bloodstream!

Hope you all like it and it helps!

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