Fats

Introduction to the Digestive System of the Human Body

Fats are substances that contain one or more than one fatty acids in the form of triglycerides.

Fats are also the main form in which energy is stored in the body - as adipose tissue.

Fats are one of the 3 main parts of the human diet - the others being carbohydrates and proteins.

Uses and effects of Fats:

A healthy diet should include sufficient essential fatty acids for the efficient absorption of fat-soluble vitamins via the intestines.

Fats in the body itself provide several important functions including insulation beneath the skin (in the subcutaneous tissue) and around organs such as the kidneys. However, excessive deposition of fat in the body can lead to obesity and its many consequences and risks.

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