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Grade: 12th pass
        
Can human digest cellulose?? Do human have any special enzyme that can digest cellulose?? 
27 days ago

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Saurabh Koranglekar
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							Dear student
Humans, unlike cows for ex. don't have the necessary bacteria in their intestines that make the enzymes(cellulases) necessary to breakdown the 1-4 beta glucose bonds. So we cannot break down cellulose into its constituent glucose molecules as we do with starch

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27 days ago
Arun
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Animals like cows and pigs can digest cellulose thanks to symbiotic bacteria in their digestive tracts, but humans can't. It's important in our diets as source of fiber, in that it binds together waste in our digestive tracts
27 days ago
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