Chemical reactions involving Triglycerides
Triglycerides, a form of fat found in animals and plants, are made up of three types of molecules: a glycerol molecular and three fatty acids molecules. Triglycerides are vital for body function and play an essential role. One example of a triglyceride is CH-O-C(CH)14CH. This consists three fatty acids that are linked with a glycerol-molecule. The reaction that occurs between a triglyceride and a H2 molecule is when the triglyceride breaks down into its constituent parts. This reaction is known as hydrolysis and is an important part of the body’s metabolism (Mandal, 2019). It is crucial to remember that H2 reacts with all three of these fatty acids molecules when it reacts with one molecule of H2. The reaction will use up three molecules of H2 and result in three molecules each of glycerol, fatty acid, and water. Two molecules of fatty acids, one molecule water, and glycerol will form these molecules (FRAYSSINET et. al. 2018, 2018).