Enzyme: Amylase

by: Amir Pickens

Substrate?

The name of the substrate for amylase is starch.

Example of starch: Creamy Mashed Potatoes

"Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes." By Brent Hofacker / 500px. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

Name(s) of Product(s)

Amylase breaks down starch into glucose.

Example of glucose: Raw Organic Cane Sugar

"Raw Organic Cane Sugar." By Brent Hofacker / 500px. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

Source of Enzyme

Amylase is present in the saliva of humans and some other mammals, where it begins the chemical process of digestion.

Reaction? Is it important?

Amylase is present in the saliva of humans and some other mammals, where it begins the chemical process of digestion. Foods that contain large amounts of starch but little sugar, such as rice and potatoes, may acquire a slightly sweet taste as they are chewed because amylase degrades some of their starch into sugar. This is important because this turns foods that have little sugar into a larger amount of sugar for energy.

Temperature and pH

Temperature: 40˚C

pH: 7

Related Picture

"5 Curiosidades Sobre La Saliva." Ojo Curioso. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

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