Lipids

By: Dheemant Dammanna, and Brett Henry

What are lipids?

Lipids are organic compounds that are characterized as being soluble in nonpolar liquids and being insoluble in water.

What makes up a lipid?

Lipids are made of monomers and polymers like other biomolecules. The monomers are fatty acids and glycerol. The polymers are triglycerides.

Examples of lipids:

Some examples of lipids are Trans Fat, Cholesterol, and Vitamin A.

What functional groups are in lipids?

Lipids are very diverse biomolecules. They have many variations, but they are all comprised of fatty acids that have the carboxyl group.

What are lipids used for?

Lipids perform many important functions in the body. One of them is to store energy as what is commonly known as "fat." They also help insulate you body, regulate what goes in and out of a cell, digest food, and produce hormones.

How does a lipid's structure allow for its function?

A lipid's structure allows for it to transport and contain energy quickly and efficiently.