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saliva for baby's digestion

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by jen86, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. jen86

    jen86

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    a friend wanted to know if the're saliva enzyme helps their baby's digestion?
    could you answer that for her?
    thank you.
     
  2. Jonathan Edwards

    Jonathan Edwards "Gibberish"

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    The main enzyme in saliva as far as I know is ptyalin or salivary amylase. It is inactivated as soon as it gets to the stomach. That suggests that its real job is just to clean your teeth of starch that might encourage bacterial growth and plaque or caries. I am pretty sure that is has no use in digesting food as such.
     
  3. msf

    msf Senior Member

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    I thought the fact that bread tastes sweet if you much on it for a long time was proof that amylase has this effect? I guess the question then is how long we should be chewing our food for.
     
  4. Kina

    Kina

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    I would just like to add a reminder here that this particular forum is for general discussion related to ME/CFS not for general health discussion.

    Thank you.
     
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