What Are The Main Features Of Lipids And Fats?

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They can be found in plants and also in animals, mainly of saturated or unsaturated forms. Saturated forms can be found in dairy products like cow and bull, and unsaturated forms can be found in plants, and found out to be much healthier with less fat content. Lipids and Fats are types of enzymes that are vital to human's survival, but too much fats can lead to people being overweight/obese.
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Lipids and fats are really the same thing, but the term fats is used to describe lipids that are more solid at room temperature. Lipids are generally used to refer to oils.

There are two types of lipid in living systems, triglycerides and phospholipids. The former are the fats and oils mentioned above but the phospholipids are the not-so obvious lipids that make up cell membranes.

Triglycerides are formed from subunits called fatty acids. These vary in length and in the quantity of double carbon bonds that they have. Fatty acids with no double carbon bonds are called saturated fatty acids and those with carbon double bonds are called unsaturated fatty acids. The unsaturated forms are generally found in plants and are thought to be better for the human diet than the saturated fatty acids found in meat and dairy products. Cholesterol is a type of lipid found in cell membranes and high levels of cholesterol in the diet are also thought to be unhealthy.

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