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Serum albumin is such a carrier. It carries fatty acids, which are the building blocks of lipids, the molecules that form the membranes around and inside cells. Fatty acids are also important sources of energy, and the body maintains a storage of fatty acids in the form of fat. When the body needs energy or building materials, fat cells release fatty acids into the ­blood. Serum albumin is the most plentiful protein in blood plasma. Each molecule can carry seven fatty acid molecules. They bind in deep crevices in the protein, burying their ­carbon­rich chains away from the surrounding water.

Beer is made from grains, such as barley, wheat, or rye that are allowed to germinate, producing malt. Enzymes convert the malt into sugar, which can then fer-­ ment. The flowers of a plant called hops are added to give beer its typical bitter taste. Wine is made from the sugar of grapes. After the harvest, the grapes are crushed in big vats and allowed to ferment. The resulting alcohol is wine. If red grapes are used, the wine is red, and if the grapes are white, the wine is ­white. c­ onverted in the liver and muscles into glycogen for storage.

Today, cellulose and its derivatives are used in the industrial preparation of paper and also in the chemical industry as a stabilizer, dispersing agent, thickener, and gelling agent. Cellulose is also a component of dietary ­fiber. Glycogen Just as plants store glucose as starch, animals, including humans, store glucose as glycogen. Glycogen is made and stored mainly in the liver and the muscles. Like starch and cellulose, glycogen consists of long chains of glucose ­molecules. Plants make starch, and animals, in turn, eat plant materials and products.

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