We are whatwe eat: thebiochemistry oflife(or the biochemistry of the“operación bikini”)
Carbon-Based Molecules:The Basis for All Life Where do the carbon-containing molecules comefrom? Carbon atoms are centra...
Providing energy:Carbohydrates The basic formula for carbohydrates is CH2O Carbohydrates are energy-packed compounds So...
Types of CarbohydratesMonosaccharidesPolysaccharidesNon digestible, dietaryfiberSugar, sweet andsolubleglucose4 calories/g
Supplying structure, energy,and more: Lipids High energy density (the ability to storelots of calories in a small space)...
 Phospholipids: they’re part of the membranes of cells Steroids: generally used to create hormones Triglycerides: These...
A little bit more about triglycerides…Triglycerides composed of unsaturated fatty acids melt at lowertemperatures than tho...
Making life possible:Proteins Amino acids are the building blocks ofproteins All living organisms have only 20 different...
20 Amino acids
 Enzymes are proteins that speed up therate of chemical reactions. Structural proteins reinforce cells andtissues. (i.e....
Eating: the fire analogy1 23
Eating: some famous diets Low carb diet High protein diet
Non fat milkReduced fatmilk 2% milkfat
Calories (100g)= 421 kcalProteins: 27,5gCarbohydrates: 1,4gFats: 34,0gCalories (100g)= 109,5 kcalProteins: 18,6gCarbohydra...
Calories (100g)= 96 kcalProteins: 1gCarbohydrates: 20,8gFats: 0,2gCalories (100g)= 661 kcalProteins: 12gCarbohydrates:10,5...
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  1. 1. We are whatwe eat: thebiochemistry oflife(or the biochemistry of the“operación bikini”)
  2. 2. Carbon-Based Molecules:The Basis for All Life Where do the carbon-containing molecules comefrom? Carbon atoms are central to all organisms becausethey’re found in carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids,and lipids — otherwise known as the structural materialsof all living thingsFood
  3. 3. Providing energy:Carbohydrates The basic formula for carbohydrates is CH2O Carbohydrates are energy-packed compounds Source of near-immediate energy Hunger
  4. 4. Types of CarbohydratesMonosaccharidesPolysaccharidesNon digestible, dietaryfiberSugar, sweet andsolubleglucose4 calories/g
  5. 5. Supplying structure, energy,and more: Lipids High energy density (the ability to storelots of calories in a small space) Store energy Cushions and insulates the body andnerves.
  6. 6.  Phospholipids: they’re part of the membranes of cells Steroids: generally used to create hormones Triglycerides: These fats and oils, which are made up ofthree fatty acid molecules and a glycerol molecule, areimportant for energy storage and insulationTypes of lipidsCholesterol is a steroid molecule used to maketestosterone and estrogenIn people, fats form from an excess of glucose
  7. 7. A little bit more about triglycerides…Triglycerides composed of unsaturated fatty acids melt at lowertemperatures than those with saturated fatty acids.most known for raising yourLDL cholesterol (“bad”cholesterol)lower LDL cholesterol andraise HDL cholesterol ("good"cholesterol)
  8. 8. Making life possible:Proteins Amino acids are the building blocks ofproteins All living organisms have only 20 differentamino acids to form all the proteins Multiple functions: structural, transport, orsignaling roles.
  9. 9. 20 Amino acids
  10. 10.  Enzymes are proteins that speed up therate of chemical reactions. Structural proteins reinforce cells andtissues. (i.e. colagen) Transport proteins move materials aroundcells and around the body. (i.e.hemoglobin)Types of proteins
  11. 11. Eating: the fire analogy1 23
  12. 12. Eating: some famous diets Low carb diet High protein diet
  13. 13. Non fat milkReduced fatmilk 2% milkfat
  14. 14. Calories (100g)= 421 kcalProteins: 27,5gCarbohydrates: 1,4gFats: 34,0gCalories (100g)= 109,5 kcalProteins: 18,6gCarbohydrates: 0,9gFats: 3,5gCalories (100g)= 258 kcalProteins: 12,0gCarbohydrates: 26,0gFats: 11,8 g
  15. 15. Calories (100g)= 96 kcalProteins: 1gCarbohydrates: 20,8gFats: 0,2gCalories (100g)= 661 kcalProteins: 12gCarbohydrates:10,5gFats: 61,6g

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