What is the function of digestive enzymes?
- Digestive enzymes help with the breakdown of food so that the nutrients contained within the food can be absorbed. It works by breaking down large macromolecules such as protein, fat and carbohydrates into their smaller building blocks so that they can be absorbed by the body.
- The 3 main enzymes are:
- Proteases and peptidases enzymes which break protein down into amino acids.
- Lipase enzymes which break fat down into fatty acids.
Amylase enzymes which break carbohydrates such as starches and sugar into simple sugars and glucose.