About the book
A triglyceride is known by various other names such as TG, triacylglycerol, TAG, or triacylglyceride. It is an ester derived from glycerol and three fatty acids. Triglycerides are the main constituents of body fat in humans and other vertebrates, and thus, is one of the key components involved in instances of obesity and weight gain. In the human body, high levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream have been linked to atherosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke. On the other hand, Cholesterol is a sterol (or modified steroid), and another type of lipid. There are three types of cholesterol: High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL), Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and Very Low-Density Lipoprotein (VLDL). Triglycerides and cholesterol are interlinked in that VLDL cholesterol particles carry the triglycerides to your tissues. Both triglycerides and cholesterol are connected to heart disease and atherosclerosis.
This book looks into the chemical composition, biochemistry, disease links, metabolism and industrial uses of triglycerides and cholesterol. It hopes to serve as an update to current research and to highlight gaps and voids which require further scientific investigation.