There is little to no digestion of starch in the stomach because the necessary enzymes do not function well in an acidic environment, according to class materials from the University of Maine. Salivary amylase, an enzyme... More »

Pregelatinized starches are either potato or corn starches that have been dried and cooked prior to being used in pharmaceuticals or manufactured food products. They are designed to be easily digestible. More »

When starch, a polysaccarhide, is digested, it is finally broken down into monosaccharides (glucose, galactose and fructose) in the digestive system. Starch provides nutrients to the human body that must be broken down i... More »

Hydrochloric acid in the stomach lowers the pH to the ideal environment for enzymes to digest proteins into units that the body can use. This acidic environment creates an antibacterial environment that protects the body... More »

Mechanical digestion involves chewing and breaking down food with teeth, while chemical digestion involves the breaking down of food by enzymes and acids in the digestive system. Mechanical digestion mainly occurs direct... More »

A mixture of food, liquid and digestive juice called chyme enters the small intestine from the stomach and combines with secretions such as enzymes, bicarbonate and bile salts to further break down food, according to the... More »

The duodenum facilitates the initial phase of digestion by regulating the emptying of food in the stomach into the small intestine, says As the first part of the small intestine, digestive enzymes releas... More »