How is protein broken down in the gut?
Foods such as meat, eggs, and beans consist of giant molecules of protein the must be digested by enzymes before they can be used to build and repair body tissues. An enzyme in the juice of the stomach starts the digestion of swallowed protein. Further digestion of the protein is completed in the small intestine. Here, several enzymes from the pancreatic juice and the lining of the intestine carry out the breakdown of huge protein molecules into the blood and then be carried to all parts of the body to build the walls and other parts of cells.