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Biochemistry basics: Why is water important?

1. Why do you think you will benefit from a general knowledge of biochemistry?
2. Water, H2O, is a simple molecule. Briefly explain why you think water is so important to life? Do you think the water needs are different for an elephant compared to E. coli or humans? Explain.
3. The three most important food groups are proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. These food groups are also three of the four major groups of biomolecules. Describe one meal you ate this week and identify the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in your meal.
4. Identify and describe one fad diet and explain why this diet could be detrimental to the biochemical processes in the cell

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Biochemistry is the study of molecular events that underpin the physiological processes that govern how our bodies function. Depending on what your goals are in education and careers, an understanding at this level opens up your ability to further understand topics that are more specific. Plus, an understanding at this level for a layman also helps them make conscious decisions about exercise and diet.

Water is a very good solvent, and the bond between hydrogen and oxygen is a useful source of both those atoms for various chemical reactions that ...

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This solution provides a brief discussion on the importance of water to organisms from a basic biochemical/physiological point of view. Also includes examples of fats, carbohydrates and proteins in diets and a brief critique of issues with the paleolithic diet.