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Is urease vegan?

Urease is potentially vegan - it can be derived from plants or animals. You should ask the manufacturer for more details.

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So, what is urease?

Urease is an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of urea into ammonia and carbon dioxide. This enzyme is found in many bacteria, fungi, and plants, and plays a critical role in nitrogen metabolism. In the food industry, urease is often used as an additive in the production of soybean products such as tofu and miso, as it helps to break down the urea present in soybeans, which can cause bitterness and off-flavors. Urease is also used in medical diagnostic tests, as it can be used to measure the amount of urea in a patient's blood or urine. Despite its usefulness, excessive exposure to urease can be harmful to human health, causing skin and respiratory irritation.

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