What are fatty acids?

Fatty acids are organic compounds that are vital for various bodily functions. They are a component of lipids, which are essential for the structure and function of cell membranes. Fatty acids consist of a long carbon chain with a carboxyl group at one end. They can be classified as saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated, depending on the presence or absence of double bonds in their structure. Saturated fatty acids have no double bonds and are typically solid at room temperature, while unsaturated fatty acids have one or more double bonds and are usually liquid. Fatty acids serve as a source of energy, help in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and play a crucial role in hormone synthesis and brain function.
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