the liver

Job of the Liver

Food to Fuel Before I start talking about what the liver does, let’s start by breaking down the chemical composition of our food. Four macromolecules make up all the food you eat: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Vitamins and minerals make up only a small percentage of food. Imagine eating an orange slice, the majority of what you are chewing and swallowing is water, sugar, and fiber. Digestive enzymes breakdown these macromolecules into their respective building blocks. Monomers of proteins are amino acids Monomers of carbohydrates are monosaccharides (or simple sugars) Monomers of lipids are fatty acids Monomers of…