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    DIGESTIVE ENZYMES

    Enzymes are organic catalysts of protein origin produced by living cells which help to speed up or slow down the rate of chemical reactions but remain chemically unchanged at the end of the reaction.   Classes of enzymes Enzymes are usually classified according to the type of food they act upon. Generally three classes are known. They are amylases, proteases and lipases.   1) Amylases Amylases act on carbohydrates (starches and complex sugars) changing them to glucose which the body can absorb. Some amylase enzymes are: Maltase, sucrase, lactase and ptyalin. Maltase changes maltose to glucose. Sucrase changes sucrose to glucose and fructose. Lactase changes lactose to galactose and glucose.…

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