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9th Edition
Mary K. Campbell + 2 others
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9th Edition
Mary K. Campbell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305961135
Textbook Problem

REFLECT AND APPLY Why must cholesterol be packaged for transport rather than occurring freely in the bloodstream?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The reason for the fact that cholesterol must be packaged for transport, instead of occurring freely in the bloodstream is to be explained.

Concept introduction:

In the body, cholesterol is waxy, a fat-like substance present in the cell and also plays an important role to make vitamin D, hormones and the substance that helps digest the food.

Lipids are defined as the substances that dissolve in alcohol, ethers and chloroform and stay undissolved in water. The examples of lipids are triglycerides and cholesterol.

Explanation

When the diet is rich in cholesterol or fat, particularly saturated fats, it will lead to a high level of cholesterol in the bloodstream. The body also produces its own cholesterol, because a necessary component of the cell membrane is steroid.

Cholesterol is a nonpolar substance that cannot dissolve in blood...

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