Multiple organs work together to make up your digestive system.
These organs take the food and liquids you eat and break them down into simpler forms, such as proteins, carbs, fats, and vitamins. The nutrients are then transported across the small intestine and into the bloodstream, providing energy for growth and repair.
Here are 12 foods that contain natural digestive enzymes.
Pineapples are a tasty tropical fruit rich in digestive enzymes. In particular, pineapples contain a group of digestive enzymes called bromelain.
Papaya is another tropical fruit that is rich in digestive enzymes. Like pineapples, papayas also have proteases that help digest proteins. If you want to eat papayas, make sure to eat them ripe and uncooked, as heat exposure can ruin their digestive enzymes.
Mangoes are a juicy tropical fruit that is popular in summer. They include the digestive enzymes amylases — a group of enzymes that break down carbs from starch (a complex carb) into sugars like glucose and maltose. The amylase enzymes in mangoes become more active as the fruit ripens. This is why mangoes become sweeter as they start to ripen.
It’s estimated that Americans ingest over 400 million pounds of honey each year. This mouthwatering liquid is rich in many advantageous compounds, including digestive enzymes.
Bananas are another fruit that contains natural digestive enzymes. They contain amylases and glucosidases, two groups of enzymes that break down complex carbs like starch into smaller and more easily absorbed sugars. Like mangoes, these enzymes break down starch into