margarine is commonly used food ingredients that contribute to both inflammation and

obesity , but actually I want to know the margarine metabolism in the human body

I can find some resources talk about its impact on health but I can't get the idea of its metabolism.

  • $\begingroup$ You probably need to look at the components of the margarine, then research the metabolism of each component. $\endgroup$ Jun 23, 2014 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ What are its components ? $\endgroup$ Jun 23, 2014 at 16:14
  • $\begingroup$ Mostly plant oils. Have a look into Wikipedia about it. $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Jun 23, 2014 at 17:25

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As pointed to by @Chris the Wikipedia link for margarine explains that these are formulated upon vegetable oil-based fats. Their melting points and other properties are adjusted by industrial hydrogenation of the unsaturated fatty acids in the vegetable oil.

Most unsaturated fatty acids present in nature are in the cis conformation at the double bonds. The hydrogenation process, if it is not carried to completion, produces the trans isomers of fatty acids. These so-called trans-fats are blamed for the undesirable side effects of consuming margarine, or other foods containing hydrogenated oils.

Most of the fatty acids present in margarine (i.e. cis unsaturated and saturated fatty acids) are metabolised by the normal route (β oxidation).


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