Food Enzymes – getting enough of them?
Plant enzymes can enhance the digestion of food and the delivery of nutrients to the blood even if you have a compromised digestive system.
Enzymes are complex proteins that act as catalysts in almost every biochemical process that takes place in the body. Their activity depends on the presence of adequate vitamins and minerals.
Food Enzyme Institute summarized and broadly classified enzymes in three categories.
- Food enzymes – occur in raw food and, when present in the diet, begin the process of digestion.
- Digestive enzymes – produced by the body to break food into particles small enough to be carried across the gut wall.
- Metabolic enzymes – produced by the body to perform various complex biochemical reactions.
“All Enzymes are DEACTIVATED at a wet-heat temperature of 118 degrees Fahrenheit, and a dry-heat temperature of about 150 degrees.” – Dr. Mary Enig.
Fried food can be tasty (depending on oil type and what kind of food is fried), but are you eating fried food more than 3 times per week? Go with stir-fry instead of fried food as much as possible. Practice Self-control.