Digestión de Proteinas e Hidratos
- Proteins need to be digested in an acidic environment: when proteins are swallowed, the stomach produces hydrogen chloride that activates the pepsin enzyme and divides and digests them. This process takes place in an acidic environment that is slightly neutralised by the presence of starches and sugars which come from alkaline substances (this does not mean that all the proteins are completely digested, however).
- In order for carbohydrates to be digested, they need to be in an alkaline environment. This process starts in the mouth with the ptyalin enzyme which begins to split the starch before it gets to the intestine, where it is split again and digestion begins.
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