What are fatty acids?


Fatty acids are molecules composed of chains of carbon atoms, with the number of carbons determining the specific type of fatty acid. These chains can have different bonds between the carbon atoms. If all the carbons are singly bonded, it is considered a saturated fatty acid. If there are double bonds between some of the carbon atoms, it is either monounsaturated (one double bond) or polyunsaturated (multiple double bonds). These structural differences affect the physical properties of the fatty acids and their functions in the body 1.

For further reading about the roles of specific types of fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6, and their sources in the diet, you can refer to the .

Fatty Acids

Andy explains the different types of fatty acids and how the number of carbon bonds determines whether it is monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. He also discusses how plants use energy from the sun to form bonds between carbon atoms.

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