Difference Between Saturated, Unsaturated, and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

Difference Between Saturated, Unsaturated, and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

So let’s dive into this.

First let’s discuss saturated fatty acids.

  • Saturated Fatty Acids: Are fatty acids comprised of long non-polar hydrocarbon chains (saturated with hydrogen) and has no double bonds.
  • Unsaturated Fatty Acids: Are fatty acids comprised of non-polar hydrocarbon chains that contain double bonds.
  • Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Are fatty acids that are comprised of multiple double bonds within the hydrocarbon chain.

Key Physiological Differences:

  • Having more double bonds in your unsaturated fatty acids decreases the melting point (unsaturated fats which are often used in cooking are liquid at room temperature.
  • Saturated fats are solids at room temperature and the longer the hydrocarbon chain, the higher the melting point.

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