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    Margarine, which is made from corn oil contains a higher percentage of saturated and monounsaturated fats and oils than oil, but a lower percentage of polyunsaturated fats and oils. Explain why.

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    Margarine is an artificial manmade product. Fats and oils are lipids. Both are made up of the same basic chemical entities: triacylglycerols (or triglycerides). Triglycerides are made up of three fatty acids hooked onto a glycerol backbone.

    A "saturated" fat has absolutely no double bonds in the fatty acid parts. It's called "saturated" because the fatty acid parts are ...

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    An explanation of why margarine has a lower percentage of polyunsaturated fats and oils.