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Hydrolysis breaks polysaccharides into monosaccharides, during what is called saccharification. This process is the cleavage of chemical bonds by the addition of water.

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Enzymes are responsible for breaking down polysaccharides in the body. Various enzymes are capable of breaking down the various polysaccharides.

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What kind of polysaccharide cannot be digested by human beings?

Humans cannot break down cellulose because it contains beta glucose and the enzymes that humans have cannot break down beta glucose.

What polysaccharide cannot be digested by humans?

Polysaccharide cannot be used as an energy source by humans because they are hard to break down. Enzymes find it difficult to break them down into glucose for the body to use as energy.

What is a nonstrach polysaccharide?

Starch is a glucose polysaccharide that is bonded through alpha-linkage. Our body has an enzyme known as amylase which breaks these bonds and allows it to be digested by the body. Amylase is abundant in the mouth, which is why starch based products break down quickly as you chew them. A few examples of non-starch polysaccharides: Glycogen: A polysaccharide that consists of long chains of glucose, which as you may know, is a primary energy source for the body. It is stored in the liver. Cellulose: This is commonly known as dietary fibre, and is mostly indigestible. Our body does not have the enzymes required to break the beta-links in this glucose polysaccharide, which is why it passes through our system undigested.

What does starch end up as?

Starch is a polysaccharide ie. a very complex carbohydrate. Enzymes break it down into a di-saccharide - maltose. Another enzymes then converts this into the monosaccharide (simple sugar), glucose.

What enzymes in the mouth break down sugar?

Salivary amylase breaks down starches into sugars. Starch is, technically, a polysaccharide or a polymer of sugar, but most people don't consider starch to be a sugar. No sugars are digested by any salivary enzyme.

Will an enzyme that breaks down starch work on an enzyme that breaks down protein?

Saliva contains amylase, which breaks down complex sugars such as starch. However starch can't ever be broken down into proteins. They are fundamentally different, starch is a polysaccharide while protein is a polypeptide.

Which food type do enzymes in saliva attack?

The enzyme in your saliva is Amylase, which is used to breakdown Amylose, a form of starch. Starch is a complex carbohydrate, so the enzyme in your saliva breaks down complex carbohydrates.

Is potato starch a mono di or poly saccharide?

it is a polysaccharide

Is Maltese a polysaccharide?

Is Maltase a polysaccharide

Is rubber a polysaccharide?

No, rubber is not a polysaccharide..

Where can one learn about Polysaccharide?

The Merriam Dictionary on line is a good place to find out information about Polysaccharide. A person will find the definition of Polysaccharide, the origin and the medical definition. Click on Britannica Encyclopedia half way down the same page and more information will be found about Polsaccharide.