Food Enzymes Aid Digestion















Food enzymes aid digestion by breaking down nutrients – proteins, fats, sugars, starches, and fiber. They come solely from raw fruits and vegetables.

Conventional thought among nutritionists and physicians is that food enzymes are destroyed by acid as soon as they hit the stomach. Actually 30 to 45 minutes pass before they come in contact with stomach acid. As the food leaves the esophagus it enters the top part of the stomach or the cardiac stomach. This part of the stomach has very little acid and this is where predigestion takes place by the enzymes. Even when the food enters the bottom portion of the stomach the enzymes will stay active for a time before the acid prohibits them.


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The typical American diet is seriously lacking in food enzymes. Any form of processing be it pasteurization, irradiation, steaming, canning, microwaving or any other heating will destroy the naturally occurring enzymes in food. In addition, pesticides, fungicides and inorganic fertilizers will greatly reduce enzyme content in soil. Foods grown in soil that is lacking enzymes, vitamins, minerals and microorganisms will be depleted of nutrients.


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There have been numerous USDA studies that offer proof that organically grown food is richer in nutrients than non-organic food. To increase the benefit of the food enzymes found in organic food, it's important to thoroughly chew your food. The enzymes in the food can’t do their job unless you do this. Chewing is a very important part of the digestive process.


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Enzyme activity will also be hindered by hormones that have been added to non-organic meat, refined sugar and flour, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose, artificial fats and trans fats that are found in margarine and vegetable shortening.They all will tax the body’s systems but don’t contribute any nutrition or enzymes. Enzyme deficiency will manifest itself in a vast array of symptoms and disorders.


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