Fats

Good Fats

Fat: Acts as the main source of energy for the body. Each gram of fat is equal to 9 calories. (Double that of protein of carbohydrates)

  • Some functions of fat:
  • Energy storage
  • For proper cell functioning
  • Insulating vital organs
  • Supply for essential fatty acids
  • Helps carry fat soluble vitamins
  • Consists of glycerol molecules (monoclyceride, diglyiceride, and triglycride (fatty acids))
    • Fatty acids are saturated or unsaturated:
  • Saturated fats are found from animal sources. Usually found in lard, whole milk, cream, butter, cheese, ice cream, coconut oil. (Saturated fats raise cholesterol levels)
  • Unsaturated fats are mostly found in plant sources and fish. Usually found in fish oils, peanut oil, olive oil, canola oil. (Unsaturated fats help lower cholesterol)
  • The most essential types of fat: Omega 3, 6, 9 also polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.

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