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Fatty Acids

Similar term(s): saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated fatty acids or fats.

Definition:

Fatty acids are the organic building blocks (small molecules that link together to form long chains) of fats which are used by the body for energy and tissue development.

Source: GreenFacts

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Fatty acids can be saturated, polyunsaturated or monounsaturated, depending on the presence/absence of one or more pair of carbon-carbon double bonds within the molecule.

Saturated fatty acids are often found in animal fats and, eaten in high quantities, can raise cholesterol levels.

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in nuts, seafood and certain vegetable oils and can lower cholesterol levels.

Essential fatty acids are fatty acids that are required in the human diet and that the body cannot make on its own and thus must obtain from food.

Source: GreenFacts

Related words:

Cholesterol - Hydrogenated fats - Omega-3 fatty acids

Translation(s):

Español: Ácidos grasos
Français: Acides gras

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