Thanks, Tdog, for your view.
Now please do not get me wrong. In the next paragraph, I may seem to be “opposing” you, to be “challenging” you. But in reality, all I want to do is ask you (and others who may be reading this thread) what you think of something I read at a different forum.
What I read there is:
If you eat (or overeat), the stomach’s acidity of course drops, because of all the food that’s added. The stomach has nerves that sense this, and these nerves signal the HCl-producing glands to increase the stomach’s acidity. This process continues until the acidity is back to normal.
During the time of insufficient acidity, the stomach’s exit remains closed. Thus, no partially digested food will enter the small intestine.
If (I explicitly say: if) this reasoning is correct, it would mean that taking HCl would only help the stomach reach its normal acidity quicker. Without the additional HCl, it would just take a bit longer for the stomach’s glands to produce the HCl by themselves. Digestion inside the stomach would take a bit longer, but the small intestine would see no difference, apart from the timing of when food leaves the stomach. For the gut flora, there would be no difference.
Okay, that’s what I’ve read on other forums. I repeat that I do not yet believe anything, because I know too little about this subject. That’s why I kindly ask you guys and gals to give your opinion about the above reasoning, and (who knows) to debunk it.