How long does it take for food to reach baby

When does the placenta form, and what does it do? Learn all about the placenta.

One of the many remarkable things about pregnancy is that you're not only growing a new human being, but also an entirely new organ. And pretty much everything your baby needs to develop and thrive flows through it. Find out all about the amazing placenta, including when it forms and what it does. 

What is the placenta?

The placenta is a pancake-shaped organ that develops within the wall of your uterus and connects to your baby though the umbilical cord. By the end of pregnancy, it grows to be about 9 inches in diameter and about an inch thick at the center.

What does the placenta do?

  • It delivers oxygen and nutrients (such as vitamins, glucose, and water) from your body to the baby's, and processes the waste products from your baby.
  • It produces the hormones that help your baby grow and develop.
  • It allows antibodies to pass to your baby from your bloodstream. These antibodies protect against certain bacterial infections and viral illnesses, like diphtheria and measles, until after your baby is born and old enough to get their first vaccinations.

When does the placenta form?

The placenta starts forming as early as six days after fertilization. At this point your baby-to-be is a hollow ball of several hundred cells called a blastocyst. The blastocyst attaches to the lining of the uterus, usually near the top. This is called implantation, and it's completed by day 9 or 10.

The wall of the blastocyst is one cell thick except in one area, where it's three to four cells thick. In the thickened area, the inner cells develop into the embryo. The outer cells throughout the embryo burrow into the lining of the uterus and develop into the placenta.

The placenta produces several hormones that help maintain the pregnancy, including human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), which prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs and stimulates the ovaries to produce estrogen and progesterone continuously. (Home pregnancy tests measure levels of hCG in your urine.)

The placenta is fully formed by 18 to 20 weeks but continues to grow throughout pregnancy. At delivery, it weighs about 1 pound.

How the placenta works

The placenta connects to the umbilical cord through thousands of microscopic "fingers" of tissue (chorionic villi) containing a network of blood vessels that connect to the embryo's circulatory system. The villi are formed by 6 weeks of pregnancy, and your blood fills the spaces around them by 12 weeks. When your blood comes in contact with the villi, nutrients are exchanged for waste through the villi walls.

The villi also act as a filter, preventing some viruses and bacteria from reaching your baby, while allowing molecules of everything you ingest as well as antibodies and gases to pass through.

How do babies get nutrients in the womb?

Your baby needs nourishment from the get-go. Until the placenta is developed enough to provide nutrients, your baby receives nutrients from the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium. (These same endometrial cells will quickly multiply to form the placenta.)

In the early weeks of pregnancy, glands in the uterine lining secrete glucose, which it stores as glycogen. At first, this glycogen is the only source of nourishment for your baby.

At about 8 to 12 weeks into pregnancy, the placenta takes over as a nutrient source for your baby. (And at this point the uterus stops secreting glycogen.) Here's how it works:

  1. When you eat, the food travels to your stomach, where it's broken down (digested) into glucose, fats, vitamins, minerals, and protein.
  2. The nutrients are absorbed into your bloodstream and travel to the placenta.
  3. Blood vessels in the umbilical cord pass the nutrients from the placenta to vessels that flow from the umbilical cord to the baby. At this point, your baby will begin to gain weight more quickly. The umbilical cord also returns waste products from your baby to the placenta and into your circulation for elimination.

Wondering how fast the food you eat reaches your baby? It depends on how quickly the food is digested and enters your bloodstream. Some foods may take several hours, while substances like caffeine can enter your bloodstream and cross the placenta in a very short time. For more information, watch our video on how food reaches your baby.

Harmful substances that cross the placenta

Along with all the good things that are transferred to your baby, some harmful ones can cross the placenta too. These include alcohol, nicotine, and illegal drugs as well as some medications.

No safe level has been established for alcohol consumption during pregnancy, and experts recommend not drinking any amount while you're expecting. The same goes for smoking and using illegal drugs. Although marijuana is legal in some states, experts recommend against using it during pregnancy.

Use caution when taking prescribed and over-the-counter medications during pregnancy because most cross the placenta. Although many medications are considered safe for your baby, a few are known to cause birth defects. And for many drugs, there simply is not enough research to know their effects on an unborn baby. Your provider can help you determine whether the benefits of a certain drug outweigh the risks in your case.

Although the placenta acts as a barrier to most bacteria, some viruses and small bacteria can cross it. Many have no effect, but others can be harmful to a developing baby. That's one reason why it's important to get all recommended vaccinations before and during pregnancy, including a flu shot and a Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).

Both the flu and pertussis can be life-threatening for babies, and getting these vaccines while you're pregnant enables antibodies to pass through the placenta that will protect your newborn from catching these illnesses. Getting your COVID vaccine and boosters will help protect you from infection and will also provide your baby with antibodies through the placenta (and your breast milk, if you breastfeed).

Here are a few other things you can do to promote a healthy placenta and a healthy baby:

  • Go to all your prenatal checkups and work with your healthcare provider to manage any health conditions, such as high blood pressure, which can cause problems with the placenta.
  • Don't smoke or use drugs. Placental problems, like placental abruption, are more common in women who smoke, use illegal drugs (like cocaine and heroin), or abuse medications (like opioids).

Delivering the placenta

A few minutes after your baby is born, the placenta detaches from the wall of your uterus and is delivered through your vagina. This is called the "afterbirth."

You'll have a few contractions, but this stage of childbirth usually lasts only about five to 30 minutes and feels more like menstrual cramps than labor pains. (If you're having a c-section, your doctor will remove the placenta manually.)

If you want, and if you've made prior arrangements with your provider, you can save the placenta. Some women believe that encapsulating and eating the placenta after birth helps them recover faster, though there's no scientific evidence to support this claim.

Also note that some experts think eating the placenta may be harmful, as there are potential risks, including infection and heavy metal contamination. Be sure to discuss this topic with your provider if it's something you're considering.

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Does Everything You Eat Go to Your Baby

Published on April 19th, 2021 and Updated on February 16th, 2022

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When you’re pregnant (and feeling a little snacky), you might find yourself saying these things to your partner:

“The baby’s in the mood for a cheeseburger with extra pickles. Extra, extra pickles.”

“Why are we out of milk? Because the baby wanted all the Reese’s Chocolate Puffs last night.”

“Hun, the baby wants chocolate cake. If you want to share… buy two.”

As you’re munching on your favorite snacks, you might be wondering, does everything you eat go to your baby? The foods you eat do nourish your child. But the process is a bit more complicated than splitting your pad Thai lunch with your little one.

Bon Appetit! How Your Baby Eats in the Womb

First, it can help to understand how your digestive system works. Your digestive system turns food into nutrients and energy. From there, the body uses energy to power every physiological system, from making new memories to physical movements (like reaching for that extra slice of pizza).

The body uses nutrients—vitamins and minerals—for just about everything. That includes everything from the cell structures that make up your skin, muscles, bones, blood, hair, brain matter, and toenails to supporting important systems like your immune defense and sleep cycles.

So yeah, you literally are what you eat. And so is your baby! This is why healthy eating is important for your pregnancy diet!

The digestive system turns your breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and midnight munchies into the good stuff by:

  1. Breaking down food – Your mouth is the first stop on the digestive train! The mouth chews food, breaking down substances, so the rest of the digestive system has an easier time. Then the food is swallowed and travels through the esophagus (the tube connected to your mouth) to the stomach. In the stomach, acids and chemicals called enzymes help the food dissolve and break down further. When food has been turned into a goopy mush by the stomach, it heads to the small intestine.
  2. Extracting the nutrients – The small intestine is a 22-foot-long organ (that’s 13 newborns long, for comparison purposes) responsible for taking the good stuff out of your food mush and giving it to your body to put to use. Much like the stomach, the small intestine is full of digestive juices like enzymes and acid, that further break down food. Later down the line, the jejunum and ileum—parts of the small intestine—absorb the nutrients and introduce it to your bloodstream. The bloodstream is the body’s delivery highway, bringing nutrients where your body needs them (take that, Amazon Prime!).

    The pancreas, liver, and gallbladder help as well. The pancreas is a digestive organ responsible for producing insulin, one of the most important hormones your body uses to turn sugar into energy. The liver takes nutrients and turns them into chemicals your body needs. The gallbladder helps your body absorb and digest fats.

  3. Getting rid of the waste – Now that your body has extracted all the vitamins and minerals from the meal…what’s left behind? Well frankly, it’s the stuff that eventually comes out of your behind! By the time the food has made it all the way through your small intestine, it’s semi-solid. The colon (also called the large intestine, even though it’s only six feet long), takes what’s left of your food and condenses it into what will eventually wind up in your toilet. The colon is also responsible for absorbing water from the leftover post-food mush.

Your Digestive Process and Your Baby

During pregnancy, your baby needs nutrients the same way your body does. But how your baby absorbs those nutrients is slightly different. After all, your baby is still growing his own digestive system! So how does he get his snacks?

  • The placenta – The placenta is a pancake-shaped organ that is connected to the baby through the umbilical cord. The placenta is attached to the lining of your uterus and starts forming as early as six days after fertilization when your baby is just a little cluster of growing cells. What does the placenta do? It’s room service, an oxygen bar, and a protective detail all in one!

The placenta…

    • Delivers oxygen and nutrients (aka the good stuff from your meals) from your bloodstream to your baby through the umbilical cord.
    • Makes the hormones that promote your baby’s growth.
    • Brings in your antibodies to help defend your baby from infections and viruses. These antibodies will keep your baby’s body protected from certain sicknesses even after birth.
  • Amniotic fluid – Amniotic fluid is what your baby floats around in during your pregnancy. Your body starts making amniotic fluid about 12 days after conception. During the first half of your pregnancy, the fluid is made up of water from your body (so the water you drink goes right into amniotic fluid). But starting around 20 weeks, the kidneys become fully-functioning and your baby begins to pee! So in the 2nd half of your pregnancy, amniotic fluid consists of water and baby pee. Whether it’s made of pee or water, amniotic fluid is totally safe for your baby. In fact, your baby breathes, drinks, and smells amniotic fluid all day, every day.

The amniotic fluid serves multiple functions in your child’s development including:

  • Allows the baby to move freely in the womb so your baby’s bones can grow and strengthen
  • Helps the baby’s lungs and digestive system develop with every amniotic fluid-filled breath and swallow
  • Prevents the umbilical cord from being tangled so it can keep delivering nutrients to your child
  • Maintains a proper temperature for your baby’s growth (like a perfect bath all the time)
  • Protects your baby from injury that could be caused by sudden movements or accidents
  • Delivers additional nutrients from the amniotic sac (the casing that holds your baby and the amniotic fluid)

So finally, here’s how your digestive system and your baby’s work together:

  • A pregnant woman eats a delicious snack which is then broken down in her digestive organs.
  • The nutrients from that snack are absorbed into her bloodstream.
  • The blood stream delivers the nutrients to the baby through the placenta and the amniotic fluid.
  • From there, the baby’s body puts the nutrients to use to help him grow throughout your healthy pregnancy.

When your child makes his way into the world, what his mother eats can still impact his diet. A baby who breastfeeds eats what his mother eats because your body uses the vitamins and minerals in your healthy food and beverages to produce breast milk. This doesn’t mean that your baby cannot develop a vitamin deficiency. See our blog for more information about the signs of vitamin d deficiency in babies.

Much like the bloodstream delivers nutrients to your unborn baby through the placenta and the amniotic fluid, the bloodstream brings vitamins and minerals (along with infection-fighting antibodies) to your breast tissue as a breastfeeding mother. The mammary glands turn those nutrients into ingredients for breast milk. From there, it’s bottoms up for baby!

What about taste? Can my baby taste my food?

It depends on what you eat, but yes, some of the flavors you enjoy your baby will experience as well, in the womb and out.

Taste is a combination of the ability to smell and the ability to taste. If you’re wondering, “Do babies have taste buds”, the answer is yes! Your baby’s taste buds are developed as early as 13 weeks after conception, and your baby’s sense of taste (specifically, the brain cells that process smell called the olfactory neurons) are developed 6 or 7 weeks into pregnancy. In fact, your baby will have a sense of taste before she has toenails! But how do the flavors of what you eat make it to your baby?

The amniotic fluid.

In one study, pregnant women were given either garlic capsules or sugar capsules to ingest. Afterwards, a routine sample of amniotic fluid was extracted from their womb. Then, a panel of study participants were asked to smell the samples to see if they could identify garlic versus sugar (90% of taste is perceived through the sense of smell).

Julie Mennella, head of the study and infant tastes researcher at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, said that the smell-testers had an incredibly easy time discerning which samples had garlic and which ones had sugar. Since a growing baby drinks several ounces of amniotic fluid a day, it’s safe to say that your child gets to enjoy a taste of your meals daily!

Minella notes that strong flavors have the most impact on amniotic fluid like:

  • Vanilla
  • Carrot
  • Garlic
  • Mint
  • Anise

“But wait,” you might be thinking. “I thought my digestive system extracts the nutrients from the food I eat. Why are flavors still detectable in my amniotic fluid?”

The nutrient extraction process isn’t a pristine one. Particles of strongly-flavored food can come along for the ride in the bloodstream. Sometimes that results in your sweat smelling like garlic after eating a big plate of garlic fries, or your urine smelling like asparagus after eating the vegetable. The stronger the flavor, the more likely it is to be absorbed into your bloodstream and be deposited in amniotic fluid as well as breast milk.

Nourishing Your Child with Knowledge from SneakPeek Traits

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This post has been reviewed for accuracy by the following medical professional:

Dr. Heather Soper, Certified Nurse Midwife

Heather has 15 years of women’s health and obstetrics experience. She is the owner of The Genesis Resort for Birth and an Assistant Professor of Nursing at James Madison University.


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How does the fetus eat in the womb?

As the German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach said: “We are what we eat”, and in the case of fetuses this is absolutely true. And this is indisputable: our body consists of molecules of substances that are formed from the food that we eat daily.

In the womb, the fetus can eat and breathe thanks to the placenta . This is how food and oxygen come in.

When in the womb, the fetus can be fed and breathed through the blood circulating in the umbilical cord, which originates from the placenta. It is from this tube, which connects the child to the mother, that the child can receive the substances he needs for life, just as if he were eating and breathing. nine0003

During the nine months of pregnancy, the placenta provides the fetus with a continuous flow of food and oxygen and eliminates what the baby's metabolism does not need.


  • 1 How does food reach the fetus?
  • 2 How does fetal breathing occur?
  • 3 How long does it take for food to reach the fetus?
    • 3.1 How does oxygen reach the fetus?
    • 3.2 What passes through the umbilical cord?

How does food get to the fetus? nine0035

Food can reach the fetus through the chorionic villi that form the germinal part of the placenta. At the same time, the placenta is a barrier to part of the blood and a filter for the rest of the , that is, for substances that must be able to exchange between mother and child in her womb, including maternal hormones and antibodies.

Rich in capillaries, they absorb nutrients from the mother's blood vessels. Thus, the baby receives the nutrition he needs, assimilating it from the mother's body. For this reason, it is very important that pregnant women eat a healthy and balanced diet, because everything that reaches the child will affect his health. nine0007 in their growth and health .

Although it is not possible to know exactly how long after food reaches the fetus, essential nutrients are usually absorbed quickly by the baby. To feel the movement, some moms eat something sweet. This is due to the fact that, unlike more complex macromolecules, glucose quickly reaches the child. through placenta and umbilical cord .

How does fetal breathing occur?

Fetal respiration starts at twelfth week . While in the womb, the baby is immersed in amniotic fluid and cannot yet breathe on its own through the lungs, which will only function at birth. Oxygen enters the fetus through the placenta and umbilical vein , leaving the maternal blood, in which it is more concentrated, and passing into the fetal blood, which, on the contrary, is very poor, giving up carbon dioxide and waste first. It has been shown that a limited supply of oxygen can retard a child's development and that the placenta is sensitive to nicotine : this is why it is recommended to stop smoking during pregnancy. In contrast, activities that allow the mother to breathe deeply, such as playing sports or climbing stairs They act as healthy exercise for the baby.

In fact, it can be said that babies do not breathe at all when they are in the womb. Rather, feed on oxygen and other nutrients, such as vitamins and proteins, via cord blood. nine0003

How long does it take food to reach the fetus?

It seems that from the eighth week of pregnancy, the fetus is endowed with taste buds, and later these papillae begin to connect with the brain, giving rise to the development of a sense of taste .

How does oxygen get to the fetus?

The fetus needs a constant supply of oxygen during the "perinatal" period immediately before and after birth. This oxygen is supplied to the mother through the placenta and umbilical cord until the baby is born and can breathe on its own. nine0003

What goes through the umbilical cord?

The umbilical cord connects mother to child. Through the blood contained in the umbilical cord, the child receives nutrition and oxygen throughout the entire period of gestation, at the end of pregnancy, its length is about 55 centimeters.

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How long does it take for food to be digested in the stomach? nine0001

What happens to food after we have swallowed it? In order for food to benefit a person and give the necessary energy, it must turn into chemical elements, which the body then absorbs. This process begins in the mouth, when saliva dissolves and teeth grind food. Later, in the stomach, it is attacked by acid and gastric juices. After leaving the stomach, food enters the intestines, where it continues to interact with gastric juice. Then it is absorbed through the capillaries into the blood passing through the liver - thousands of enzymes located there neutralize any poison (such as alcohol, for example), while retaining useful iron, vitamins and glucose. nine0003

Digestive system

Categories of food according to the time of its digestion in the stomach

More specifically, all food can be conditionally divided into 4 categories according to the time of its digestion in our stomach:

  1. food that passes quickly (this is mainly carbohydrate food)
  2. average digestion time (this is mainly a protein meal)
  3. food of long digestion (it includes fatty food and a combination of fat with protein)
  4. food that is excessively long in assimilation and practically indigestible.

Now let's describe everything in more detail and structure the information received a little.

The first category includes: practically all fruits (with the exception of bananas, avocados and the like), vegetable and fruit juices (not mixed), berries, kefir.

All of the above products do not stay in our stomach for more than 1 hour. For example, fruits pass into the intestines from the stomach after 40-45 minutes. In some situations, it can take 35-40 minutes. nine0007 The second category includes: vegetables, herbs, dairy products except cottage cheese and hard cheese, sprouts, soaked nuts and seeds, all dried fruits. All of them enter our intestines in about 1.5 - 2 hours. The third category includes: cereals and cereals, nuts and seeds that are not previously soaked in water, cottage cheese and hard cheese, all kinds of mushrooms, legumes (if boiled), bakery products made from flour of the highest grades. Their residence time in the stomach is 2-3 hours from the moment of their receipt. nine0007 And finally, group 4 includes: tea with milk, coffee with milk, meat (including poultry and also fish), pasta (except for those made from whole grain flour or durum wheat flour), all kinds of canned food. All products from the 4th group are digested very problematic, or practically not digested at all. What conclusion can we draw now, guided by the information about how much food is digested in the stomach? Everything is very simple:

  • If you want your health, you need to eat as many foods as possible, which are digested in a short period of time. Thus, you protect your digestive system, and the body spends less energy on its processing. nine0022
  • Avoid or eat to a minimum those foods that belong to category 4.
  • It is not recommended to combine foods and foods that have different digestion times in the stomach.
  • If you have problems with your stomach or intestines, eat only foods from categories 1 and 2.
  • In the evening, you can also eat food only from categories 1 and 2.

How much curd is digested

To begin with, you need to understand that digestion is stronger at lunchtime. Accordingly, in order to fully understand: how much cottage cheese is digested, it is also necessary to take into account the time of its use. For example, if you eat it at lunch, it will already go to the intestines in 2 hours. If you ate it in the morning or in the evening, then the time increases to 3 hours or even more (for example, if you ate it before going to bed). nine0003

How much does a banana digest

Banana, as we all know, is a fruit. Accordingly, answering the question of how much a banana is digested is very simple. Like a fruit, in 45-50 minutes it is completely ready for further processing. If the banana is green, it will be digested for 10 minutes longer than a well-ripened one. Digestion time in the stomach After dinner, the food is digested in the stomach from two to four hours, after which it enters the small intestine, where the digestion process lasts another four to six hours, after which the food passes into the large intestine, where it can be about fifteen more hours. The figures below show how much time the products spend in the stomach and refer to people with a healthy digestive system when eating only one of the indicated products at a time. nine0003


  • If you drink water on an empty stomach, the water immediately passes into the intestines.

Juices and salads

  • Fruit juices, vegetable juices and broths digest in 15-20 minutes
  • Semi-liquid (mashed salad, vegetables or fruit) 20-30 minutes


  • Watermelon digested in 20 minutes
  • Melons - 30 minutes
  • Oranges, grapefruits, grapes - 30 minutes
  • Apples, pears, peaches, cherries and other semi-sweet fruits - 40 minutes


  • Mixed salads (vegetables and fruits) are digested within 20-30 minutes
  • Raw mixed vegetable salads - tomatoes, lettuce (romance, boston, red, leaf, garden), cucumber, celery, green or red pepper, other juicy vegetables digested within 30-40 minutes
  • If vegetable oil is added to the salad, then the time is increased to more than an hour
  • Boiled, stewed or steamed vegetables
  • nine0021 Leafy vegetables - spinach, chicory, kale - 40 minutes
  • Zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, pumpkin, corn on the cob - 45 minutes
  • Root vegetables - turnips, carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, etc. — 50 minutes

Semi concentrated carbohydrates - starches

  • Artichoke, acorns, corn, potatoes, Jerusalem artichoke, yams, chestnuts - 60 minutes
  • Starchy foods like husked rice, buckwheat, millet, cornmeal, oatmeal, quinoa, Abyssinian panicle, barley are digested on average 60-90 minutes

Concentrated Carbohydrates - Cereals

  • Brown rice, millet, buckwheat, corn flakes, oats (first 3 are best) - 90 minutes

Beans & Legumes (Concentrated Carbohydrates & Protein, Starches & Proteins)

  • Lentils, Lima Beans, Chickpeas, Peas, Beans & Beans - 90 minutes
  • Soybeans - 120 minutes

Nuts and seeds

  • Seeds - sunflower, pumpkin, pepita, sesame - about 2 hours
  • nine0021 Nuts - almonds, filberts, peanuts (raw), cashews, Brazil nuts, walnuts, pecans - 2.5-3 hours
  • If seeds and nuts are soaked overnight in water and then crushed, they will digest faster

Dairy products

  • Skimmed milk, low-fat cottage cheese, ricotta, low-fat cottage cheese or cream cheese approx. 90 minutes
  • Whole milk curd - 120 minutes
  • Whole milk hard cheese - 4-5 hours

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Raw animal proteins take less time to digest than cooked/heated animal fats above.

  • Egg yolk - 30 minutes
  • Egg (full) - 45 minutes
  • Fish - cod, scrod, flounder, sole seafood - 30 minutes
  • Fish - salmon, trout, herring, oilier fish - 45-60 minutes
  • Chicken - 1-2 hours (no skin)
  • Turkey - 2 hours (no skin)
  • Beef, lamb - 3-4 hours
  • Pork - 4-5 hours

Warm food is digested in the stomach for about 2-3 hours and only after that it enters the small intestine, where the stage of splitting nutrients from food continues. Two to three hours is the optimal time for the digestion of food in the stomach and the breakdown of proteins. This is the norm, since with the ingestion of undigested proteins in the small intestine, the fermentation process begins.

Cold food is digested much faster in the stomach: Proteins do not have time to be digested normally and are sent straight to the small intestine, the function of which is based on the breakdown and absorption of carbohydrates, since it is in it that the bacteria responsible for this “event” are located. As a result of the ingestion of undigested food in the stomach (proteins) into the small intestine, proteins, of course, are not normally absorbed. In addition, bacteria living in meat products (proteins) begin to multiply, which leads to various types of discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract (bloating, gases, constipation, etc.). nine0003

And another information came across - the time of digestion of food differs from the above:

1-2 hours - tea, coffee, cocoa, broth, milk, soft-boiled eggs, rice, boiled river fish.

2-3 hours - hard-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, boiled sea fish, boiled potatoes, bread.

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