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.