Fast Food Enzymes
Are Fast Food Enzymes Beneficial?
Fast food enzymes are supplements designed to help our digestive system break down food and extract the nutrients more efficiently and effectively. These supplements are not something everyone needs. A person who is in good health and has sound dietary habits will not benefit greatly, if at all, from taking these fast food enzymes supplements.
Fast food enzymes are given that name because they were developed with fast foods in mind. When we eat fast foods we often eat in a hurry and may eat some foods that, because of fats and oils, are difficult to digest quickly. Fast food enzymes may come to the rescue in such a situation.
If you were to do some research into fast food enzymes you would most likely run across the term natural balance fast food enzymes. Natural Balance is the name of the company which introduced the supplement, and remains the major producer.
Strange Sounding Names - If you look at the makeup of a fast food enzyme product you'll probably see a bewildering number of terms unfamiliar to most, and at first might wonder if all of those chemicals will be good for you. The ingredients are usually not chemicals however, but as the name of the product implies are enzymes, enzymes that will help you digest different kinds of foods. Lactase, Cellulonase, and Gluconase for example help in the digestion of lactose, found in dairy products, cellulose, and glucose, respectively. Other enzymes which are present or may be present include Bromelain, Pectinase, and Amylase acids, the latter aiding in the digestion of carbohydrates and starches. The only chemicals to be found in fast food enzymes are likely to be those used as fillers or binders, and are usually chemically inert, meaning they will not cause any harmful chemical reactions in the body. The supplements come in capsule form, the capsule itself made of vegetable matter.
Fast food enzymes are generally considered to have no harmful side effects as they consist almost entirely of vegetable matter, including enzymes our body needs. Someone who eats fast food frequently or entirely, will probably benefit from these supplements unless they have an iron constitution. Those who suffer from occasional irregularity or are on a low carbohydrate diet may benefit from either regular or occasional use of the supplement.
Beware Of false Claims - Fast food enzymes, when marketed as supplements are sometimes advertised as being beneficial to those who are trying to lose weight. This is not a weight loss supplement as there is not a strong connection between proper digestion and weight loss. Fast food enzymes are in general not considered to be in any way harmful, but can sometimes be marketed as being helpful in areas they really are not.
In general, the human body manufactures all of the enzymes it needs for proper digestion, and enzymes not produced in the body but needed to digest certain foods are contained in the foods themselves. If the body has an enzyme production deficiently, supplements are unlikely to help, and medical treatment of one kind or another is usually required. Lactase supplements may be helpful to those with a lactose intolerance, and the supplements may, as advertised, assist in the digestion of certain fast foods. Do not purchase these kinds of supplements out of fear that your body is not producing the enzymes it needs. This is rarely the case, and if it is the case, it's a medical problem and not a nutritional problem. Also do not purchase a fast food enzyme supplement based on a claim that it will provide “food enzymes” your body may be lacking. There are food enzymes, but the body doesn't require them.