We all need some fat in our diet. However, in more economically developed countries there is concern that people are eating too much fat, in particular eating too much saturated fat. Eating too much fat can make us more likely to put on weight. This is because foods that are high in fat are high … Continue reading Deficiencies and excess of fat
Fat should provide no more than 35% of food energy. Too much fat we eat comes from animal sources (saturated fats). Only 11% of our energy intake should come from saturated fat. The goal for essential fatty acids is about 1-2% of total energy intake.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance which is needed for the normal functioning of the body. Cholesterol is an essential part of cell membranes and helps with the digestion of fats. It is made by the body but it is also found in fatty foods. Eating foods that are high in saturated fat will raise cholesterol … Continue reading Cholesterol
The chemical name for a fat is a triglyceride. A triglyceride molecule is made up of three fatty acids parts attached to one glycerol part. The fatty acids are the most important part of the molecule. They can either be saturated (full up) or unsaturated (not full up) with hydrogen atoms. Saturated fats have single … Continue reading The different types of fats and oils
Fats can be visible in some foods such as a fat layer on the outside of lamb or pork. Sometimes you can see the fat inside meat as a white marbling. Visible fat is the butter on a slice of bread. Some fats are invisible and cannot be seen easily because they have been used … Continue reading Sources of fats
Eating fat is essential for a balanced diet. The term fats include both fats and oils. Fats tend to be solid at room temperature while oils are liquid. The functions of fats and oils in the body are basically the same. Fats are needed for: Providing us with a concentrated source of energy as 1g … Continue reading The function of fats
There are 5 main nutrients that are essential for our body and that must be consumed in our daily diet. These nutrients can be split into two subcategories: macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients are built up of the energy-giving caloric components that we are most familiar with: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Micronutrients are only required in … Continue reading Nutrients