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Re: [RC] Oats - Lif Strand

Quoted from Sisu West Ranch's message at 08:02 PM 3/18/2006:
As far as I know, enzymes are proteins. The digestive system uses HCl, and special enzymes to break them up into very small segments, and mostly their smallest segments: the amino acids. It is only these amino acids or small segments that are small enough to be absorbed from a healthy gut. For this reason, cooking which changes the coiling of enzymes and thus inactivates them, does not in and of itself make the protean non nutritious.

I may be misunderstanding what you're writing, so if I am, sorry. If I'm not misunderstanding you, then I think it works differently than you describe. Although enzymes are protein, their own protein is not what is broken up into amino acids to be absorbed. Enzymes are catalysts which break up other proteins, also fats, carbohydrates and, um, I forget the fourth one, into digestible form that is then absorbed by the healthy gut. Cooking would render the catalystic properties of enzymes useless, but I don't know if their proteins would then be considered nutritional. Maybe someone more educated than me would know (or if anyone is really interested, I could find out).

Lif Strand, Research Associate
Southwest Center for Resource Analysis
Western New Mexico University
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