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What do proteases do?

Proteases break down proteins to amino acids.


What type of food group do amylase enzymes break down (and where do they do it) ?

Amylase enzymes break down starch to sugars. 

They are made in the salivary glands, pancreas and small intestine.


What type of food group do protease enzymes break down?

Where are they made?

Protease enzymes break down proteins to amino acids. 

They are made in the stomach, pancreas and small intestine.


What is the pH of bile? 

Bile has an alkaline pH of about 8 to neutralise hydrochloric acid from the stomach. 


How is the small intestine adapted for fast absorption of food?

The small intestine is adapted for fast absorption of food in 4 ways

  • large surface area (villi)
  • good blood supply
  • wet
  • thin wall


Why don't enzymes work above 40OC?

Enzymes stop working above 40OC because they are proteins and protein denatures (changes shape) above this temperature. This changes the shape of the active site so they cannot speed up reactions any more.


What is amylase, what does it do and where does it do it?

Amylase is a carbohydrase enzyme which breaks down starch in the mouth and small intestine.


What happens in the digestive sytem?

The digestive system is an organ system in which food is digested and absorbed. 


Why does the optimum (best) pH of digestive enzymes vary?

The optimum pH of  digestive enzymes depends on the part of the digestive system where each enzyme works. Enzymes which work in the stomach have to work at a very low pH because the stomach is very acidic. The enzymes in the small intestine have to work at an alkaline pH. 


What is the name of the 2 processes which move digested food from the small intestine into the blood?

  • Active transport  (which uses up energy) e.g Glucose
  • Diffusion (slower but needs no energy) 



What do our bodies use carbohydrates for?

Our bodies use carbohydrates for fuel for respiration.

 Starch is a slow release fuel and and sugars such as glucose give us fuel quickly.


What is the optimum pH for the activity of amylase?

The optimum pH for the activity of amylase is pH7


What do lipases do?

Lipases break down lipids (fats) to glycerol and fatty acids.


Give another example of a food rich in fat.

There are many foods rich in food. Ice cream is obviously one but also; 

butter, oil, lard, ghee, margarine, avacado, oily fish, nuts, peanut butter, sausages, chocolate, cream, greek yoghurt, flaky pastry and any fried food.



Which part of an enzyme molecule is involved in chemical reactions?

The active site is the part of an enzyme molecule involved in chemical reactions


Name a food rich in protein.

There are lots of great foods rich in protein. You are right if you said one of meat, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, yoghurt, nuts, beans, lentils, chickpeas, quinoa, whey protein, tofu, soya or quorn.



What are organs?

Organs are collections of different types of tissues with a special job to do

e.g. heart pumps blood, stomach digests food, liver breakes down chemicals


Why is bile very important in the digestion of fat?

Bile emulsifies fat to form small droplets which increases the surface area. The large surface area allows the lipase enzyme to breakdown fat quickly.


Why do we have to digest our food?

Food is made up of large insoluble molecules which need breaking down before we can absorb and use them.


What is an enzyme?

Enzymes are biological catalysts. They are proteins which speed up specific reactions in living organisms.


What 3 things happen in your small intestine?

3 things happen in your small intestine, 

  • bile is added to the food to help break fats into smaller droplets
  • more enzymes are added to finish breaking down food 
  • the tiny food particles made cross the gut wall into the blood stream


What does glandular tissue do?

Glandular tissue is made of lots of secretory cells. They release enzymes and hormones.  


What type of food group do lipase enzymes break down?

(Where do they do this?)

Lipase enzymes break down lipids to fatty acids & glycerol. 

(They do this in the pancreas and small intestine.)


Give an example of a food which is a good source of carbohydrate.

There are lots of examples of a foods which are good sources of carbohydrates. You are correct if you suggested one of bread, rice, potatoes, crisps, chips, cakes, biscuits, sweets, pasta, fruits, fizzy drinks, syrup and honey.


What is the acid secreted by the stomach?

The acid secreted by the stomach is hydrochloric (HCl).

It makes about 3 litres of it every day!


What is the job of digestive enzymes?

Digestive enzymes convert food into small soluble molecules that can be absorbed into the bloodstream.


What is an organ system?

Organ systems are a collection of different organs which do a particular job in the body.

e.g. cadiovascular/ circulatory system (heart and blood)

digestive system (food breakdown and absorption)

the respiratory system (gaseous exchange)




What is the test for sugars?

If sugars are present the Benedict's test turns from light blue to orange (via yellow and green)


Where is bile made and stored?

Bile is made in the liver and stored in the gall bladder. 


What is the test for protein?

If protein is present the Biuret test goes from light blue to purple.