6.1 – Introduction to Lipids

  • What foods contain saturated fats?
  • What does the term omega-3 fatty acids mean? What happens in the body when you consume excess fats?
  • Are you eating coconut oil or avocados because you have read they are good for you?


In this chapter, we will answer these questions and more. We will look at the types, structure, and roles of lipids, and we will explain what the different types of lipoproteins ( lipid transporters)in the blood are and what it means for their levels to be high or low. We will also explore topics of interest such as omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids, and trans fats.

As you read further, you will learn the different types of fats, their essential roles in the body, and the potential health consequences and benefits of diets rich in particular lipids. You will be better equipped to decide the best way to get your nutritional punch from various fats in your diet.


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