Here, we’ll look at how the body processes dietary fat. The reason why it is essential is that we need to know what happens to dietary fat after we consume it so to link it with the specific effects in the body. Therefore, we need to be able to track it and see where it ends up and how it can impact particular organs.
So let’s start with the consumption of fatty food. For instance, you consume a hamburger. We know that hamburgers contain lots of fat. When I say fat, I mean triglycerides and cholesterol.
So let’s first track the fate of dietary triglycerides. Now it all starts right in the intestine where it is digested and processed. Dietary triglycerides pack in particles called chylomicrons (specialised particles). They’re tiny lipid droplets and are coated with a thin layer of protein to transport the fat throughout the bloodstream. …
Probably the most important nutritional problem in today’s society is obesity.
Now, what is obesity? Essentially obesity is having too much fat in your body.
Now, what is body fat? Body fat is composed of adipocytes or fat cells stored in adipose tissue in the first place.
Do you know that fats/lipids are the same? Lipids are just a more fancy word. And we eat and also store fat. But what is fat really, how is it processed, and what’s the difference between saturated and unsaturated fatty acids? And why are omega-3 fatty acids called that way? You are probably curious to know which foods contribute the most to your total fat intake.
Some foods are rich in saturated fatty acids, such as cheese, coconut oil, palm oil, fatty meats; whereas, other foods are rich in unsaturated fatty acids: most vegetable oils, avocado, nuts, fatty fish, and many other foods. …