Hayden Armour 4th Hour
What is a macromolecule? Why is it important to life?
It is important to life, due to the fact that the 4 macromolecules (protein, carbohydrate, lipids, and nucleic acids) make up all living life forms on Earth. They provide us with short-term energy (carbs), the use of sending genetic instructions (nucleic acids), storing energy inside our bodies (lipids), and creating and maintaining muscles and tissue in the body.
Special Characteristics; The most important substance in our body, besides water
-Made up of nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen and d hydrogen.
Protein examples; Meats, eggs, fruit.
The function of lipids are long term storage and thermal insulation.
Characteristics; Insoluble in water.
-Hard to dissolve in stomach
Examples- Saturated and Unsaturated fat
Characteristics; Simple sugar composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen with twice the amount of hydrogen as carbon and oxygen.
Examples- WHOLE GRAIN PRODUCTS
Characteristics; Main information carrying molecule and uses protein synthesis