Does Boiling or Baking Vegetables Destroy Their Vitamins?

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Processing and cooking destroy enzymes in food. (Man is the only animal that cooks his food.) In fact, any sustained heat of approximately 118-129 degrees F (48-54 C) destroys virtually all enzymes. This means that, for most of us, the food entering our stomachs is devoid of enzymes. Why is this important? Because enzyme rich foods actually "predigest" in your stomach through the action of their own enzymes in a process called autolytic digestion. Before stomach acid enters the process, you can actually break down as much as 75% of your meal. Without that "autolytic" digestion, you force the body to compensate by over producing stomach acid and digestive enzymes in the pancreas in an attempt to break down the "dead" food.

The bottom line is that eating a diet of cooked and processed food puts incredible stress on the body -- particularly on the pancreas since it has to produce massive quantities of digestive enzymes since they did not come with the food itself. The less digestion that takes place before food reaches the small intestine, the greater the stress placed on the endocrine system. Is it any wonder that the incidence of diabetes is exploding in the developed world? If your diet consists of predominantly cooked and processed foods, then supplemental digestive enzymes are the "sine qua non" of minimal good health.

Another problem with cooked food is that heating proteins denatures them. The kinetic energy created by heat causes protein molecules to vibrate so rapidly and violently that their bonds are disrupted. Specifically, the denaturation of protein refers to the disruption and destruction of both the secondary and tertiary structures of the protein in question. Denaturation does not break the peptide bonds of the constituent amino acids, but it does disrupt the normal alpha-helix and beta sheets in large proteins, causing them to uncoil and restructure in random shapes.

An example of protein denaturation can be seen when cooking eggs -- the proteins coagulate during cooking. Other foods too are cooked to deliberately denature the proteins to break them down and make it easier for enzymes to digest them. This is true of both meats and grains. Cooking makes them easier to digest -- which may or may not be a benefit as we will see in a moment. As a side note, medical supplies and instruments are sterilized by heating to denature proteins in bacteria, thus breaking down the structure of the bacteria and destroying them.

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Udo's Choice Digestive Enzymes

Udo’s Choice Digestive Enzyme Range contains plant based enzymes to assist the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, soluble fibre, starch, milk sugar and complex sugars aiding healthy digestion and nutrient absorption. They do this by providing enzyme activity combinations which are precisely balanced to optimize the body’s absorption and use of food nutrients.

The Power of Enzymes

Digestive enzymes are like scissors that cut up the foods we eat into basic building blocks that our body then absorbs and reassembles to build cells, tissues, organs, glands and entire body systems. Without enzymes, we could not exist. Our bodies’ reactions would be too slow for life to be possible. The human body makes and uses more than 3,000 kinds of enzymes that initiate or speed up chemical reactions.

Why Choose Enzymes?

• Caffeine, alcohol, illness, pregnancy and stress all take their toll on our enzyme reserves
• Our bodies produce fewer enzymes as we age
• Today’s diets don’t contain as much enzyme containing raw foods as they once did
• Modern food processing techniques and cooking destroy nearly 100% of naturally occurring enzymes
• Raw foods may not contain as many enzymes as they should due to environmental factors, depleted soil and preservation techniques

All this puts a burden on the digestive system and can lead to incomplete digestion. Sustaining our enzyme levels helps to ensure an efficient digestive system, allowing nutrients to be readily absorbed for utilisation by the body.

Beat the Bloat

Udo’s Choice Digestive Enzyme Blend can help beat that heavy, sluggish, after meal feeling. This carefully designed formula aids the digestion of foods, leaving you free to enjoy your favourite meals again.