|If glucose was added to the jello, what effect
would bromelain have on glucose?
|Question Date: 2018-09-12|
As far as I can tell, bromelain would have no
effect on glucose.
Bromelain is able to break apart peptide bonds
that join amino acids so it would break
down gelatin in the jelly, but glucose does not
have peptide bonds.
Enzymes are not necessarily
specific to a single reaction , but
does not appear to catalyze the breakdown
of bonds in glucose.
A semi-related question and answer on the
effect of bromelain on gelatin can be found
Bromelain is a protein that breaks down
other protein. It has a large and complex
structure, with many atoms of carbon, hydrogen,
and nitrogen. It specializes in breaking certain
types of connections between certain molecules,
and not the type of bonds in molecules of glucose.
Therefore, bromelain would not have any effect
on glucose or other sugars. If it had a
degradative (break down) effect on sugars,
pineapples would not taste sweet!
I don't think bromelain would have any effect on
glucose, but it would probably turn gelatin or
Jello liquid. Bromelain digests proteins,
and glucose is a sugar. Bromelain digests the
surface of my tongue and makes it sore, so I don't
like to eat fresh pineapple, which has bromelain
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