Emma Conerly – Mustangs Ahead

The LRHS cafeteria is ready for the second semester.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Everyday Mustangs are faced with decisions of what to eat. 

Regardless of Mustangs’ nutritional choices, there is a certain procedure that occurs when we eat.

When a Mustang sits in the cafeteria and takes a healthy bite out of their spicy chicken sandwich, the digestion process begins the second that they begin to chew.

 The saliva begins to break down the food and it slides down the esophagus.

Once the food exits the esophagus, it enters the stomach, mixing with digestive juices.

After, the mix of food and digestive juices, which is called chyme, is emptied into the small intestine.

In the small intestine, the chyme is mixed with more digestive juices from the pancreas, liver, and intestine.

Once the chyme enters the small intestine, the nutrients from the spicy chicken sandwich are absorbed into the stomach lining.

The protein from the chicken and the carbs from the bread are absorbed, and used for cell growth, energy, and repair.

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The leftover waste products are moved to the large intestines. There, the large intestine absorbs the water.

Digestion is what fuels our bodies and allows them to run efficiently.

LRHS cafeteria manager Amanda Farrelly said, “Starting your day with a healthy breakfast can give you the energy you need to get through the day.” 

When we choose whole food over junk food, it allows us to feel more energized and stay healthy.

The LRHS cafeteria provides Mustangs with whole meals, as well as additional treats that can be purchased.

According to the department of health, the six nutrients needed to properly function are carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water.

A food is classified as junk food when it is high in calories and low in these nutrients.

When junk food is chosen over a healthier option, calories are being consumed but there is little benefit to the body.

This can lead to increased chances of developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.