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“Saturation”

I’m sure you’ve heard the term “saturation” somewhere in the main stream media, probably in a commercial: “Tastes like butter but it’s 100% poly-unsaturated”.

What does it mean?

Saturation refers to the number of hydrogens relative the number of carbons.  Alkanes are saturated (CxH2x+2) – all the carbons are either singly bonded to another carbon or to a hydrogen.  Alkenes are “unsaturated” – there’s room for more hydrogens!

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