Enzymes speed up chemical reactions in food production and the human body

Enzymes play complex roles in food production, as well as general human health and nutrition. Their main purpose is speeding up chemical reactions. For example, digestive enzymes in the stomach, mouth, and small intestine helps by breaking down food and facilitating the absorption of nutrients into the body. Over time, we harnessed the power of using different enzymes for a variety of food applications. Enzymes facilitate the fermentation process when making beer, yogurt, and cheese.

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Applications for enzymes

Enzyme manufacturers produce enzymes from plant, animal, and microbial sources for use in vegetable and fruit processing, baking and milling, craft brewing and distilling, winemaking, and dairy and cheese processing, and other applications. Each enzyme has a unique three-dimensional shape with a highly specific reactive capability.

The use of enzymes in different market segments offers numerous benefits:

  • Baking and milling
    • Creates prolonged softness
    • Egg reduction in cakes
    • Emulsifier replacement
    • Gluten correction in biscuits and wafers
    • Improves dough strengthening, whiteness, finer crumb structure, and crust color
    • Increases dough handling, volume, and softness
  • Craft brewing and distilling
    • Easier, faster, and more consistent processes
    • Improves mashing and yeast nutrition
    • Improves steeping, brewing, cooking, and germination
    • Improves the quality of final products
    • More extraction from raw materials
    • More flexibility in the choice of raw materials
  • Dairy and cheese processing
    • Aids in the production of cheese with consistent quality and reduced bitterness
    • Helps make cheese with smooth and velvety texture
    • Improved amino acid production and fat hydrolysis for cheese flavor enhancement
    • Improves yield, taste, and texture of cheese
    • Lactose reduction for milk, cheese, and ice cream
  • Fruit and vegetable processing
    • Cloud stability for citrus juices
    • De-bittering of fruit juices
    • Depectinization and haze clarification of juices
    • Faster and more efficient juice extraction from apples and pears
    • Improving throughput and membrane cleaning
    • Juice clarification of stone and tropical fruits
    • Maceration and color extraction of grapes and berries

  • Wine making
    • Decreases viscosity and filtration time
    • Extracts more color
    • Improves depectinization and the extraction of tannins and aromas
    • Improves settling and enhances clarification
    • Increases press yields


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