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Basic building blocks of fats

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Chemical structural formulas:
Glycerol, simple fatty acids, triglyceride, and cholesterol.

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2021-11-30
Glycerol and fatty acids are the basic building blocks of fats (lipids). Fats are the product of the esterification of the trivalent alcohol glycerol with fatty acids of different lengths (between 12 and 20 carbon atoms). Two important representatives of the lipids are triglyceride (90% of fats) and cholesterol.
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Biology; Chemistry
Grade 10 to 13
Middle/high school
Fats; Metabolism; Molecule; Nutrition
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