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Subject: Why is it not possible to drink a gallon of milk in an hour?
Date: Mon Apr 2 22:02:25 2001
Posted by Megan
Grade level: 7-9 School: LHS
City: Lowell
State/Province: IN
Country: USA
Area of science: AnatomyID: 986263345.An

i've heard that it is humanly impossible to drink a gallon of milk in one hour,
but i'm wondering why that is? i'm wondering to the reason why the body rejects
the milk? is there someway to buffer the effect it will have on the digestive
system, so that maybe a person would be able to drink a whole gallon without
vomiting or becoming ill??? any help would be great!

Date: Sun Apr 22 13:41:58 2001
Posted By: Elizabeth Kunkel, Faculty, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Clemson University
Area of science: Anatomy
ID: 986263345.An

The primary reason it is not possible to drink a gallon of milk in an hour
is related to stomach capacity. The capacity of the stomach is about 1
liter (Wardlaw and Insel. Pespectives in Nutrition, third edition, 1996).
When stomach capacity is exceeded (whether by milk or any other food), the
natural response will be vomiting. The stomach empties into the small
intestine at a rate of about 1-3 milliliters per minute. When you figure
how long it would take to clear a gallon of fluid from the stomach, it
would take almost a day for it to enter the small intestine. The best
solution to this is to consume milk along with other foods spread out
throughout the day.


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