Illustration of pancreas, liver and gallbladder
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In your duodenum, digestion continues as chyme from the stomach mixes with a variety of digestive juices from your pancreas, liver and gallbladder:

  • Pancreas. The pancreas produces digestive enzymes that help break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
  • Liver. The liver produces bile, a solution that helps you digest fats.
  • Gallbladder. The gallbladder stores bile. As fatty food enters the upper portion of your small intestine (the duodenum), the gallbladder squeezes bile into the small intestine through the bile ducts.
Feb. 22, 2014