Butter is the best thing in the whole world because I love to cook! You can use it in eggs, cakes, cookies, bacon, fixing things, buttering toast and bread, greasing things likes pans and door hinges and I’m sure there are many other creative uses…So naturally my favorite organic molecule is oleic acid which is the main organic molecule in butter, however there are several others. Oleic acid is used in other oil type things like vegetable oil (also important for cooking), olive oil, pecan oil and many other oils. Though I love cooking with butter, an odd use of the oleic acid that I learned about in the process of writing this is that it is used as a pheromone for insects when an insect dies it emits the oleic acid pheromone and alerts fellow insects to remove the bodies and can also serve as a warning of danger. Oleic acid is also used in aerosol products, and cosmetics. Oleic acid originally was derived from olives and was important in many ancient remedies and now a days it is a source of good cholesterol, can help prevent premature aging, supports healthy and thick hair growth and has been shown to improve joint pain and stiffness (butter up those joints!). Who knew there were so many uses for butter?!?....also I enjoy that it looks like a caterpillar.
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