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Is amylase vegan?

Anyone absolutely sure of this?

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Vegan all the way Vegan all the way WA Posts: 44
1 16 Aug 2012
I hope someone here can help me answer this question - is commercially produced amylase vegan? I know that it can derive from both plants and animals.
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2 16 Aug 2012
Are you sure you don't mean amylose? Amylase is an enzyme found in saliva (as well as other places) used to break down starches.
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Vegan all the way Vegan all the way WA Posts: 44
3 16 Aug 2012
Yes i am referring to amylase. I saw something from this link:

http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/faqingredients.htm#amylase

Amylase is an enzyme that breaks down starch into a simpler form. It can be derived from bacterial, fungal, or animal (pig-derived) sources.Typically vegan.

Doesn't help to clear things up sad
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le gabrielle le gabrielle QLD Posts: 214
4 16 Aug 2012
It's probably an independent thing. In some cases it may be vegan, but it may not always be. Like glycerin. If you have a particular product in mind your best bet would be to just contact the company.
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Beemo Beemo United States Posts: 1259
5 16 Aug 2012
Amylases are mostly produced by fungi or bacteria on large scales, as it is much much much much more economical than extracting them from animals.
Bacteria such as Bacillus (which incidentally also make the enzymes found in detergents), and fungi such as Asperigilus (bread mould) are typically used for amylase production.

So it is most likely vegan.
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Vegan all the way Vegan all the way WA Posts: 44
6 16 Aug 2012
Thanks guys. I guess checking with the manufacturer will be the best option but may not always be forthcoming.
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