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‘Take on an Empty Stomach.’ How Do You Know When Your Stomach Is Empty?

Did you ever wonder why you seem to feel hungry only a couple hours after you’ve eaten a huge bowl of pasta and a platter of breadsticks? It might be because carbohydrates — which largely make up pasta and bread — move quickly through your stomach. Fats, on the other hand, take longer to digest than either proteins or carbohydrates. And, of course, solids take longer than liquids. If you want to know how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines an empty...

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