Fatty Acids and Triglycerides

Fatty Acids and Triglycerides - - the characteristic number...

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Fatty Acids and Triglycerides Fatty acids - a lipid formed of a chain of carbon atoms, saturated by hydrogen  atoms to varying degrees, with a methyl group on one end and a carboxyl group  on the other The properties of the fatty acids present in the triglycerides make all the  difference in how our bodies handle these substances Each carbon atom has one or two hydrogen atoms attached to it, except for the  end carbons  One end carbon called the omega terminates in a third hydrogen atom, forming a  methyl  group (-CH3)  The other end called the alpha end terminates in a  carboxyl  group (-COOH) Valence
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Unformatted text preview: - the characteristic number of chemical bonds formed by a particular chemical element A chemical bond is a sharing of electrons between two or more atoms allows electrons to attain a more stable configuration that takes less energy to maintain produces a more sustainable equilibrium Valence determines the structure and properties of the molecules the element finds itself involved in Valence of hydrogen is one (forms one bond), valence of oxygen is two (forms two bonds) Carbon has a valence of four can understand the variety of fatty acids in nature...
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2012 for the course NUTR SCI 132 taught by Professor Anderson during the Fall '09 term at Wisconsin.

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