What are triglycerides?

What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are nothing but fats. More than ninety-nine percent of the fats that we consume are triglycerides. Less than one percent that is left out is cholesterol. All the fats of plant origin (example: sunflower oil, olive oil, palm oil, groundnut oil, mustard oil, coconut oil, vanaspati) are nothing but triglycerides. Fats of animal origin have some minute amount of cholesterol but rest of the fats is triglycerides.
Scientifically speaking, triglycerides are made up of one glycerol molecule and three molecules of fatty acids. Triglycerides also can give energy or calories to the body. One gram of triglycerides will give 9 calories to the body. The usual blood level of triglycerides is 40-160 mg/100,l of blood. If this level is towards the upper end of the ranger above 160 mg/100 ml they will start depositing inside the arteries of the body- especially the coronary tubes or arteries. This is why those who eat a lot of fats or triglycerides or oils are prone to heart disease and ultimately get heart attacks.
Saaol recommends heart patients to keep the blood level of triglycerides at least below 130mg/100ml.