Lipids

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the role of lipids in the body
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Fatty acids

( can either be saturated or unsaturated)

Saturated fats are solid at room temperature most often animal origin.Saturated fatty acids cause high cholesterol.

Unsaturated differ from that of animal fats as they have a different structure. Liquid at room temperature, can not be manufactured by the body known as essential fatty acids.

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Triglycerides

Most fat in our bodies and the food we eat comes in triglyceride form. Elevated triglyceride's is linked to heart disease.

Derived from glycerol and three fatty acids. They are the main constituents of vegetable oil and animal fats. They trigger the body to store unused calories. High concentration linked to heart disease.

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Phospholipoids

Fats from animal and vegetable sources.Provide building blocks for cell membrane production.

Fat acts as a carrier for important fat soluble vitamins and absorption of minerals.

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Essential fatty acids.

Our body can not produce these therefore they are called "essential fatty acids." We must get these from the food we eat.

Building material for molecules and compounds to enable VITAL FUNCTIONS in the body such as blood pressure, blood clotting, immune response and childbirth. Sources flaxseed, salmon, tuna, cold water fish.

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Sterols

Found in the cell membranes of both animal and plants. Sterols lower the serum cholesterol by halving its gut absorption.