WHY IS THE ACIDIC MEDIUM REQUIRED IN STOMACH AND ALKALINE IN SMALL INTESTINE

Asked by PALLAVI GARG | 24th Apr, 2013, 07:33: PM

Expert Answer:

The acidic medium is required in stomach because it is essential for the activation of pepsin enzyme for the digestion of proteins.

The alkaline medium is required in small intestine because it is essential for pancreatic enzymes  to digest the emulsified fats,starch and proteins and particularly lipase enzyme, can break down lipids without becoming denatured in this alkaline medium.

Answered by  | 24th Apr, 2013, 08:48: PM

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