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How might the chewing of food be related to the rate of a chemical reaction-digestion- that occurs in your body? explain

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  1. Smaller pieces of solid materials react faster necause more surface area is exposed for reaction with other scompounds.

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    posted by drwls
  2. Smaller pieces can be digested more quickly, and saliva is the first step in the digestion process.

    Since this is not my area of expertise, I searched Google under the key words "saliva digestion" to get these possible sources:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saliva
    http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/pregastric/salivary.html
    http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/body_basics/digestive.html
    http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/yrdd/

    You can also search under "chewing digestion."

    In the future, you can find the information you desire more quickly, if you use appropriate key words to do your own search. Also see http://hanlib.sou.edu/searchtools/.

    I hope this helps. Thanks for asking.

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