Ch 4: Role of Lipids in Nutrition

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Examine these lessons to find out what role lipids play in connection to nutrition. Earn continuing education credits, prepare for a test, commit terms to memory, or just use this chapter for reference as you complete your nutrition homework.

Role of Lipids in Nutrition - Chapter Summary

Some people think that eating a lot of vegetables results in good nutrition, but that's only part of the story. Good nutrition involves balancing your diet, and in these lessons you will learn about how lipids contribute to that balance. To help you get this information in a way that works with your schedule, we make sure to offer you everything online. This chapter on nutrition will give you the knowledge you need to do the following:

  • Determine the function and structure of lipids
  • Establish the nutritional role and types of lipids
  • Differentiate among polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and saturated fats
  • Outline the functions and classes of lipoproteins
  • Figure out which food sources provide lipids
  • Inspect dietary intake recommendations for lipids
  • Name the health effects connected with lipids

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7 Lessons in Chapter 4: Role of Lipids in Nutrition
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Structure and Function of Lipids

1. Structure and Function of Lipids

Molecules called lipids have long hydrocarbon chains that determine the way they act. They can be fats, oils, or hormones, and even exist in our cell membranes. Learn more about the chemical structure and biological function of various lipids in this lesson.

Lipids: Types & Nutritional Role

2. Lipids: Types & Nutritional Role

There are different types of lipids, and each one plays a role in your health. Learn how triglycerides, phospholipids and steroids differ in their chemical structure and the jobs they do within your body.

Saturated, Monounsaturated & Polyunsaturated Fat: Dietary Needs

3. Saturated, Monounsaturated & Polyunsaturated Fat: Dietary Needs

Fat has been derided as being really bad for you despite serving many important functions. You'll learn about these functions and the different kinds of fat you may encounter as well as why a lot of fat can truly, in the end, be bad for you.

Lipoproteins: Classes & Functions

4. Lipoproteins: Classes & Functions

Lipoproteins transport fats through your blood. Learn about the different classes of lipoproteins: chylomicrons, very low density lipoproteins (VLDLs), low density lipoproteins (LDLs) and high density lipoproteins (HDLs) and their jobs in this lesson.

Foods That Are Sources of Lipids

5. Foods That Are Sources of Lipids

Fats add flavor to the foods you love. Yet, eating too many unhealthy fats, such as saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol, can lead to health problems. Learn which foods contain these unhealthy fats and which ones contain fats that promote health in this lesson.

Recommended Dietary Intakes of Lipids

6. Recommended Dietary Intakes of Lipids

Fats add a lot to the enjoyment of your daily diet, but too much of the wrong fats can lead to health problems. In this lesson, learn about the different types of fats that you consume throughout your day and the recommended amounts you should eat.

Health Effects Associated with Lipids

7. Health Effects Associated with Lipids

Lipids, or fats, are important nutrients that your body needs for proper functioning. But eating too many fats, especially the unhealthy fats, such as saturated fats and trans fats can lead to heart disease, cancer and obesity.

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