Biomolecules and the Chemistry of Life Terms
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When two or more carbons in a fatty acid form double bonds, and do not have the maximum number of hydrogens possible. Unsaturation causes kinks in the fatty acid chain, which makes it harder for triglycerides to pack closely together. Unsaturated fats are usually liquids at room temperature, like olive oil, rather than closely packed saturated fats, like a solid brick of butter.
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