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Assimilation is the movement of digested food molecules into ...

... the cells of the body where they are used.

For example:

- glucose is used in respiration to provide energy

- amino acids are used to build new proteins [1]




In the liver

The liver is important in assimilation.

For example, it converts glucose into glycogen (a complex carbohydrate used for storage) and amino acids into proteins.

The liver is also where toxins, such as alcohol, are broken down

The liver is involved in the process of deamination.

This is the removal of the nitrogen-containing part of amino acids, to form urea, followed ...

... by the release of energy from the remainder of the amino acid. [2]

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