Enzymes in digestion

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  • Created on: 23-12-11 12:18

The food you eat is made up of large molecules that your body cannot digest, so we need enzymes to break these large molecules into smaller ones that can be absorbed and used by our cells. 

Most enzymes work inside your cells, but digestion enzymes are different, they work outside your cells. They are produced by specialised cells found in your glads - salivary glands and your pancreas - and in the lining of your gut. 

The enzymes pass out of these cells and into your gut. It is here that they get mixed up with your food molecules and break them down. 

your gut is a hollow tube which squeezes your food. 

The gut:

  • Helps to break down your food into smaller pieces with a large surface area for your enzymes to work

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