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Nutrition: Types of Fat in Food and Importance to Body

1. Describe the usefulness of fat in our body and in food?
2. Name and describe what saturated and unsaturated fats are?
3. Explain how the body store and use fat?
4. Describe the benefits of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and their food source?
5. Name and describe some fatty foods that can be good for your heart health

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Dietary fat is a concentrated source of energy, and is important for growth and development. Byproducts of fat metabolism can act as hormones, affecting metabolic functions. It also provides several essential fatty acid, as well as fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. They also provide satiety in eating, giving flavor to food.

Body fat is an essential part of our nerves, spinal cord, brain and cell membranes. It pads the kidneys and other organs internally. Externally, fat provides a layer of protection from the cold. In women, fat can help nourish a baby.

Saturated fats contain a full quota of hydrogenated ions so that all of the carbon bonds are full. They are solid at room temperature. An example is butter. They are also found in high fat cheeses, high fat cuts of meet, whole fat milk and cream, ice cream, and palm and coconut oil. They are linked to chronic disease. Animal fats are primary source of saturated fats. Another common source are plant oils, which are often found in commercially produced ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses the importance of fat in our bodies and food. It describes saturated and unsaturated fat, as well as omega -6 and omega -3 fatty acids, and gives good sources for each. It outlines good fat for hetrt health and how the body uses and stores fat. APA formatted references are included.