(a) What is the general function of lecithin within the bile?
(b) Is bile acidic or alkaline? Explain.
Bile is composed of water, bile salts, cholesterol, lecithin, pigments, and electrolytes. If bile contains insufficient bile salts or lecithin or contains excessive cholesterol, the cholesterol begins to crystallize into gallstones. As the crystals grow, they may cause obstruction of the gallbladder. Treatment involves drug therapies that dissolve the crystals, lithotripsy, or cholecystectomy.
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(a) Lecithin is one of the components of bile that emulsifies dietary fats. Emulsification increases surface area, making it easier for digestive...
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What is bile? Learn the definition, components, and functions of bile. Learn how it helps in fat digestion and absorption, and its secretion and production.