Storing fat

How we make triglycerides – one way that the body stores fat

During triglyceride synthesis, three fatty acids combine with one glycerol molecule to make a triglyceride. Ester bonds are formed. This is a condensation reaction, which releases three molecules of water per triglyceride produced.

Biochemical reaction showing how triglycerides are produced

 A. Three fatty acid molecules
B. One glycerol molecule
C. One triglyceride molecule, containing an ester bond
D. Three water molecules

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‘Big Picture: Fat’ (2015)

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Fat’ in December 2015.

Topic:
Cell biology
Issue:
Fat
Education levels:
16–19, Continuing professional development