Form 1:
Nutrition in Plants and Animals

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Assimilation

This is process of incorporation of the end products of digestion into the cell metabolism.It involves utilization of the end products of digestion into various uses.

a) Glucose

Oxidized to release energy

Excess glucose is stored under the skin to provide heat insulation

Glucose is used to synthesize complex polysaccharide such as cellulose that is an important structural compound in plants.

b) Fatty acids and glycerol

Oxidized to release energy

Combine to form neutral fats stored under the skin to provide heat insulation

Used to build structures

c) Amino acids

Used to synthesize proteins for general body growth

Oxidized during starvation to release energy.

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