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Answered 2012-08-20 14:25:27

I think you are referring to Amylase, an enzyme in saliva that begins to break down starches into their constituent sugars within seconds of you chewing them up in your mouth.

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What enzyme does saliva contain?

Saliva contains several forms of amylase, which helps to break down starches and other food molecules.

How does saliva break down food?

um i think it kinda squishes it somehow Saliva contains an enzyme which helps to facilitate the digestive process .The enzymes will break down the fats and starches to a molecular level.

Where does the process of digestion start?

In the mouth. Chewing is the first stage of digestion. Also, saliva helps to break down food by moistening it and contains an enzyme called amylase that break down carbohydrates. (starches into sugars).

What is the enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates?

Digestion begins in the mouth, where the food begins to break down and meets the first of many enzymes in it's journey. The enzyme, amylase helps break starches into sugars.

What is the solvent of a lollipop candy?

Human saliva which contains an enzyme that helps to break down the lollipop .

Saliva contains an enzyme that acts on?

saliva helps break down the carbohydrates off of the food that you eat

What does ptyalin do to the food?

Ptyalin is found in saliva and it helps break down starches.

What enzyme helps break down starch into glucose?


Where is disaccharidases produced?

Disaccharidase is an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of disaccharides. It is produced in the small intestine and helps to digest starches and other carbohydrates.

In the amylase experiment is the starch the substrate and the iodine the enzyme?

Amylase is the enzyme and starch is the substrate ... iodine or I2KI is just used in showing the starches present with the purple color. hope this helps

What do the enzyme in saliva do?

Helps to break down food, this is the first step of digestion.

What are starch splitting enzymes?

Amylase helps break down starches into sugar so the body can utilize it as energy.

Is amylase anabolic?

Amylase is an enzyme in the saliva of animals that helps to break down carbohydrates. This enzyme is anabolic because it requires energy.

What fluid helps break down carbohydrates?

The hydrochloric acid in your digestive system activates an enzyme called pepsin that helps break down your food for digestion.

What enzyme in saliva helps break down starch?

amylase breaks down starch.

What the name of process where sucrose converts to amylase?

Sucrose does not convert to amylase. Amylase is an enzyme which helps break down starches into sugar.The general process of breaking down large molecules into smaller ones in order for the body to use nutrition is called digestion.

What is the name of the secretion poured into the alimentary canal which contains no enzyme but helps in the digestion of fats?


What process is used when an enzyme helps to break down organic molecules?

this process is called catalysis

What is amylaze?

an enzyme found in saliva that helps break down food and initiate the digestion process.

How does cholinesterase work?

The enzyme, cholinesterase, helps to break down and metabolize the neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.

A slippery liquid that makes food easy to swallow and helps to break the food down?

Saliva. Salivary enzymes includes amylase, which is an enzyme that helps to break down food

What does an enzyme involved with digestion of proteins or starches do?

Any enzyme helps to break down large compounds into smaller ones at a fast rate. Proteins are too big to be used by a tiny cell until it is much smaller so it is broken down into amino acids. The same happens to the very large carbohydrates, they are broken down into simple sugars.

What is nadph primarily used for?

N.A.D.P.H is primarily used for photosynthesis. It is an enzyme that helps break down carbohydrates for plants. It is also an enzyme that generates metabolism in humans.

What substance helps make or break a chemical bond?

An enzyme lowers the activation energy for a particular reaction.

Is the tongue part of the digestive system?

Yes, the enzyme ptylin synthesises sugar to be absorbed in the capillaries of the tongue.The tongue also helps in mixing the enzyme.The saliva,which is secreted by the salivary glands, contain the enzyme called ptyalin that begin to change starches (carbohydrates) into sugars which aids in digestion.yes