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Enzymes

HOW DO ENZYMES WORK?

Enzymes are not living organisms, they are biological substances that catalyse very specific biochemical reactions. When enzymes find their designated substrate, they lock on and transform them, and then continue to the next substrate molecule.

ENZYMES ARE PROTEINS

Enzymes are proteins - primary constituents of all living organisms. They act as catalysts, which means that they make biochemical reactions happen faster than they would otherwise. Without enzymes, those reactions simply would not occur or would run too slowly to sustain life. For example, without enzymes, digestion would be impossible.
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In industrial applications, enzymes are very useful catalysts. They work at low temperature and at moderate pH. This is not the case for most chemicals which perform the same processes. For this reason enzymes are the environmentally friendly solution to industrial problems.
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ENZYMES IN NATURE & IN THE HUMAN BODY

Enzymes are proteins, vital components of any living organism: microorganisms, plants, animals and us, humans.
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ENZYMES IN THE INDUSTRY

Enzymes are the tools of nature. They ‘break down’ and ‘build’ molecules such as nutrients, and speed up all vital biological processes. Enzymes used in industrial processes originate from nature, and therefore can be used in the same way as nature does.

Enzymes are widely used by the food industry as processing aids for the production of numerous and common products such as dairy, bakery products, meat, fruit juice, beer and wine. 
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Enzymes are also used in a series of non-food applications such as in paper recycling to, for example, remove ink; in laundry and dishes detergents to remove the grease, starch and protein stains; textile production to improve fabric finishing (i.e. remove impurities); ethanol production to break down the starch and cellulose into sugars.
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Read more on the various industry applicationsfood, feed and technical

ENZYMES - SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION

Enzymes are enabling the various industries to guarantee the quality and stability of its products with increased production efficiency.  They also help provide environment-friendly products to consumers thanks to using less energy, water and raw materials and generating less waste.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has estimated the efficiency improvements that enzymes would enable in food and traditional industries. The results show that enzymes could e.g. save up to 139 MtCO2e (Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) in the food industry and up to 65 MtCO2e in traditional industries (detergents, textiles, pulp and paper) by 2030.  This is equivalent to the CO2 emissions of consuming 430 million barrels of oil or taking off the road nearly 40 million cars.
(Source: WWF, Industrial biotechnology More than green fuel in a dirty economy? Exploring the transformational potential of industrial biotechnology on the way to a green economy, 2009)

Most industries are confronted with production waste that can be hazardous for nature. This is not the case with enzymes as they are fully biodegradable. When industrial enzymes have done their job, they break down into amino acids that are naturally recycled in the environment. Enzymes also help to improve resource efficiency in the food chain by reducing processing losses.

QUALITY

Enzymes meet the demands of the modern society for convenience - without compromising health and safety.

Enzymes enable the manufacturing of high quality products, increasing the yields and avoiding unwanted by-products. For example, cotton treated with enzymes does not go fluffy; it looks better and lasts longer. In the juice industry, enzymes make the fruits easier to press and the juice clearer. Finally, enzymes can also improve the health profile of food and help respond to special dietary needs.  For example, they facilitate the production of low-salt processed meats, or enable millions of people with lactose intolerance to digest dairy products.

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