Houston Enzymes
Issue 70, January 2015
In This Issue
Are raw foods a source of enzymes?
More food choices = Triple the happiness
Q and A with Dr. H: MSG
Video: Help for gluten, casein, proteins
Events: Autism Telesummit and more
Are raw foods a source of enzymes?

Once in a while I get an email admonishing me for not 
emphasizing raw foods as a source of digestive enzymes. Often it is pointed out to me that if we all just ate more raw foods we would not need to take enzyme supplements. 


While I appreciate their input and passion about dietary concerns, I must take issue with their argument.


Raw foods do contain enzymes. These enzymes are destroyed by cooking or processing. If you have ever canned or preserved foods, you know that it is essential to blanch or heat the food prior to canning. Otherwise the food will spoil. This is the primary function of enzymes found in fruits, vegetables, and meats as well. 


If you have ever purchased green bananas, you know that in a few days the bananas will turn yellow and taste sweeter. If you wait too long, however, you end up with a pile of brown, sticky goo that goes into the trash. 


Plant fruits contain enzymes in order that their seeds can be dispersed or sprout, using the remains of the fruit as cover or fuel for sprouting. Digestion, on the other hand, must be accomplished in a matter of hours, not days or weeks. 


If we relied solely on the enzymes in raw foods to accomplish digestion, we would be in very poor shape. 


Enzyme supplements are much more concentrated and contain many other enzymes as well. An enzyme found in a specific food is specific for the spoilage of that food. An enzyme supplement contains additional enzymes to breakdown any other foods consumed, raw or cooked.


I love raw foods. Sushi is one of my favorites and I like steaks on the rare side. I try to eat more raw veggies, too. However, I am careful with uncooked foods as the risk of bacterial contamination is higher than with properly cooked foods. Also, certain raw veggies bother my digestion.


So, I always make sure I take the appropriate enzyme supplement for the particular foods in my meal - my own enzymes, of course!  


Devin Houston, Ph.D.

More food choices = Triple the happiness

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Please pass on to Dr. Houston that AFP-Peptizyde has made a huge difference in my son's life!

After 15 years of being on a gluten, casein and soy-free diet, which greatly limited my son's food choices, he is now a much happier 20-year-old young man. He's been taking the enzymes every day for three months and is able to enjoy the variety of foods that his triplet siblings eat.


I wish people could know how nice Dr. Houston was to me when I consulted with him in email.


Thank you Dr. Houston!



Sheranne Kemme

Q and A with Dr. H: MSG


Q: Are there any MSGs (glutamate) in your enzymes?
A: No, there is no MSG in our enzymes 

There is a lot of confusion on this issue. Glutamine, an essential amino acid, is found in thousands of proteins and is released by protease enzymes. Glutamine is not MSG. MSG is monosodium glutamate, a completely different compound.

Releasing glu
tamine by action of enzymes does not cause an increase in MSG because MSG is not a by-product of human metabolism. MSG is synthesized chemically and then added to foods.
Video: Help for gluten, casein, proteins


Watch our video to learn how AFP-Peptizyde may help you digest gluten, casein, soy and other proteins.

AFP-Peptizyde enzyme for gluten, casein, soy and protein digestion
Events: Autism Telesummit and more 
Autism Telesummit

Autism Empowerment Telesummit - January 26-30: 
Dr. Devin Houston will one of 16 speakers at this free event. Claim your spot now at  www.autism-telesummit.com

Costa Mesa, CA - March 12-14:
 MAPS Spring 2015 Educational Forum for pediatric special needs health professionals. Houston Enzymes will be an exhibitor. 

Greenwood, IN - April 18: Biomedical Interventions for Autism Conference at Cornerstone Autism Center. Dr. Devin Houston will be a speaker.

Visit the Houston Enzymes Event Calendar
for additional events and updates.
Devin Houston, PhD, CEO
Houston Enzymes 
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