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Re: Amylose (joke)

On Wed, 03 Sep 1997 07:54:56 +1000 Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au>
>Jarno Peschier wrote:
>> So yes, this would probably mean that chitine is more comparable to
>> amylose than to cellulose as far as digestion is concerned and than
>> chitine is thus fairly easy to digest..
>       Amylose would probably be digested by the enzyme amylase,
>which is found in human saliva. Does this mean that insects will
>literally "melt in your mouth"? If there is anyone out there willing
>to try this experiment please let me know of the results. I'm
>curious, but not that curious.

Lots of people in Africa enjoy caterpillars and other fried insects as
snack food.  Can anyone in Africa fill us in?  My guess is that termites
would melt pretty good.

Judy Molnar
Education Associate, Virginia Living Museum
All questions are valid; all answers are tentative.