What are fatty acids?
Fatty acids are the building blocks of fat in both our bodies and our food. The body breaks down fats into fatty acids during digestion, which can then be absorbed into the bloodstream. Fatty acid molecules are normally linked in groups of three to form a molecule known as a triglyceride. Triglycerides are also produced in our bodies as a result of the carbohydrates we consume.
Fatty acids are chemically, structurally, and functionally essential components of the human body. Aside from being a source of energy, they are also important components of cellular membranes.« Back to Glossary Index