01 February 2018 | News | By NFS Correspondent
A group of scientists at the University of Manitoba in Canada is utilizing a new artificial stomach equipment to better understand digestion and nutrition.
The machine simulates the stomach and the small intestines of both humans and animals using a series of glass tubes. It uses a combination of chemicals, bacteria, enzymes as well as engineering and software to break down food from start to finish.
After food is placed into the model stomach, the simulator swishes back and forth and mixes it with gastric acid before passing it into the three stages of the intestine.
At any stage researchers can take samples to see how the food's proteins, fats, carbohydrates and other components have been broken down and if they're small enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream.
The simulator also allows researchers to test things too dangerous for people to eat, as well as food that's not quite ready for human consumption.
The model stomach cost roughly $600,000 and was purchased with the help of funding from the Province of Manitoba's Growing Innovation program.