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boron
01-20-2011, 07:47 PM
Can you ingest fluoride? (fluoride as a naturally present mineral in food and water, not as a supplement)

1. 80% of the ingested fluoride is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.
2. 80% of the fluoride consumed with food is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.

RainyDayNinja
01-20-2011, 07:53 PM
I think "injested" has a more negative tone, because it's associated with poisons or things that you didn't intend to take in. "Consumed" sounds more purposeful.

Drachen Jager
01-20-2011, 08:06 PM
Your grammar seems off, "...absorbed from the...", is possibly technically correct depending on what you want to say, but probably, "absorbed by" would be a better way to say it.

As to your question, consume and ingest both work, but I think ingest works better.

boron
01-20-2011, 08:10 PM
The actual sentence is:

80% of the ingested fluoride is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract into the blood.

Moonbase
01-20-2011, 08:55 PM
+1 for »ingested« (seems more natural to ingest something [together with food] rather than consuming it [intentionally])

Drachen Jager
01-20-2011, 09:17 PM
The actual sentence is:

80% of the ingested fluoride is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract into the blood.


The grammar still bothers me in that sentence. You don't 'absorb' from one to the other. You pass, transfer, convey, transport etc.

boron
01-20-2011, 09:47 PM
80% of the ingested fluoride is absorbed in the stomach and small intestine, the rest is excreted with feces.