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Understanding the process of hydrogenation.

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Vegatable oils contain triglicerides with fatty acid tails that have double bonds resulting in the liquid nature of the oil. What would happen to a vegatable oil if you "hydrogenated" the fatty acid tails? This process is analyzed.

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This job overviews the process of hydrogenation. What would happen to a vegatable oil if you "hydrogenated" the fatty acid tails are examined.

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As the enunciate says: the double bonds in the fatty acids result in the liquid nature of the oil. So, the main difference between triglycerides solids (fats) and liquids (oils) is the amount of non-simple bonds in the molecule. Oils contain a much higher percentage of unsaturated fatty acids than do fats.
<br>But why does unsaturation imply a liquid state? The answer comes from observing the molecular structure in each case. In a fully ...

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