Lipids/ Fats

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What lipids do and how they function

The body uses fats as a supply and store of energy. Some other lipids make up the outer layer of all the cells. They are important for storing energy and the development of the cell membrane.

Major Sources of lipids

The main sources of "healthy" fats include nuts, seeds, fish, avocados, and most plant-based oils. Some main sources of saturated fats are: cheese, milk, meat, butter, cream, and plant-based palm and coconut oils.

What happens when one gets too little or too many lipids in their diet?

If you lack lipids, your body will be unable to produce the essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, and your hair, skin, immune system, and vision might be weakened. Your blood levels of HDL may raise your risk of cardiovascular problems and stroke. Your body will also start to burn protein instead of fat, which will effect your ability to build muscle. If the body has too many lipids, it will increase your risk for cardiovascular complications, high blood cholesterol, and obesity.

Interesting Facts

Lipids are insoluble.

Lipids are used as drugs... like steroids.

They're good for you, but people eat too many "bad" fats, which may cause cancer or heart disease.

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Lipids are good for you, but too much may cause some serious health issues.

It is important to avoid saturated fats as much as possible.

Protein begins to burn instead of fat if the body does not have enough fat.

It is good to eat unsaturated fats; they are found in fish, nuts, and plant-based oils.

Drugs like steroids are made with lipids.