Background Information

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract provides the means for the body to digest and absorb nutrients contained in food and drink and comprises the oral cavity, stomach, small intestine and large intestine. Digestion commences in the oral cavity when food and beverages are ingested and is completed in the large intestine. The digestive process is also dependent upon other organs including the pancreas, gallbladder and liver.

The process of digestion involves the enzymatic breakdown and absorption of nutrients and fluid in a systematic manner, ensuring that the body is nourished with an adequate supply of nutrients for health. A healthy GI tract promotes healthy digestion. Damage, disease or infection in any part of the GI tract can limit the effectiveness of the digestive processes and may have an impact on the nutritional status of the individual1.

This topic discusses the impact of coffee consumption on the various functions of the GI tract.

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