Glycerides are Glycerol containing lipids
Glycerides can be classified into
1. Neutral glycerides and
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What are neutral glycerides?
1. Neutral glycerides are nonionic and non-polar. They are electrically neutral; therefore called as neutral glycerides.
Example: Triglycerides (fats)
Fats are the most abundant lipid, made up of two types of smaller molecules: glycerol and fatty acids
Glycerol is a 3-C alcohol with a hydroxyl group attached to each carbon
A fatty acid consists of a carboxyl group attached to a long carbon skeleton
In a fat, 3 fatty acids are joined to 1 glycerol by ester linkage, forming triacylglycerol, or triglyceride.
Fats are solid at room temperature whereas oils are liquid at room temperature.