Fatty acids are the building blocks of the fat in our bodies and in the food we
eat. During digestion, the body breaks down fats
into fatty acids, which can then be absorbed into the blood. Fatty acid molecules
are usually joined together in groups of three, forming a molecule called a triglyceride.
Triglycerides are also made in our bodies from the carbohydrates that we eat.
Fatty acids have many important functions in the body, including energy storage.
If glucose (a type of sugar) isn't available for energy, the body uses fatty acids
to fuel the cells instead.