• Question: why do we not digest sweetcorn? it comes out in my poo

    Asked by 1drawsome to Daphne, Darren, Jon, Katherine on 22 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Daphne Ng

      Daphne Ng answered on 22 Mar 2012:

      Actually, the interior contents of the corn kernel are easily digested by the body. The indigestible part of sweetcorn is the hull (outer covering of the corn kernel) as humans do not have the enzymes to digest this part of the corn. So it is this part of the corn that you are seeing in the poo. Also, if you don’t bite and chew the sweetcorn properly, you might see bits of it in the poo as well as your body will not be able to efficiently digest large portions of the corn thoroughly.

    • Photo: Katherine Haxton

      Katherine Haxton answered on 22 Mar 2012:

      Yep, you need to chew more!