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Nutrient Essentials and Functions - dietary fats

In our society, there are weight loss programs that recommend low fat, no-fat, or high protein diets. Should we eliminate fats from our diets altogether and increase proteins? What are some of the benefits that unsaturated fats and proteins provide when included in a balanced diet? Explain the answer.

If you have ever poured oil into a glass of water, you have seen that these two substances do not mix. Knowing this, how do lipids move through the body so they can be digested and absorbed? How are lipids stored in the body? Explain the answer.

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Fats are a critical portion of our diets. Every one of our cells is composed of phospholipid bilayers that could not be synthesized without dietary fat intake. Fat also serves important functions in the production of hormones and absorption of fat soluble vitamins. Fat can also be used as an energy sources in extreme starvation periods. Proteins likewise are important in our ...

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Two paragraphs examining the importance of dietary fats and how lipids are absorbed in the body with web references.