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What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are fatty acids that act as the basic building blocks of fats. Your body converts the excess calories you eat into triglycerides, which are stored in fat cells. As needed, hormones regulate the release of triglycerides from fat tissue to meet your body's energy needs.

Triglycerides are simple fatty acids found in both plants and animals. Vegetable oils contain triglycerides with unsaturated fatty acids and tend to be liquid at room temperature. Animal sources of triglycerides contain mostly saturated fatty acids and tend to be solid at room temperature.

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