A lipid is an organic compound such as fat or oil.
Molecules called lipids have long hydrocarbon chains that determine the way they act.
Lipids, play many important roles in your body, from providing energy to producing hormones. You wouldn't be able to digest and absorb food properly without lipids.
Your body uses fats as a supply and store of energy, one gram of fat contains more than double the amount of energy present in a gram of carbohydrate. The steroids in your body include some hormones. Other lipids make up the outer layer of all your cells.
Lipid molecules can come from both plants and animals. It can also be found in cell membranes in our body.
Michel Eugène Chevreul discovered the lipid 1815.
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