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Explain the composition of triglyceride.


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Triglyceride is a glyceride, which is formed from a single molecule of glycerol, esterified with three fatty acids. It is mainly present in vegetable oils and animal fat.

The general chemical formula of triglyceride is

R2COOCH2CH(OOCR1)CH2OOCR3

Where R1, R2, and R3 are fatty acids. These three fatty acids can be the same or different.

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