Introduction to Macronutrients 3: Fats

Dietary fats have had some publicity problems—they’ve been considered unhealthy, healthy, and both at the same time just in the last twenty years of popular nutrition sentiment. Let’s clear up the confusion and look at the facts behind fats.

Complete your knowledge of the macronutrients: see our videos on carbs and proteins.

Resources

Some of the information in this video comes from Nutrition: From Science to You (3rd Edition) by Dr. Joan Salge Blake, RD

Introduction to energy storage (video) | Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat/biomolecules/fat-and-protein-metabolism/v/introduction-to-energy-storage

Fatty Acid Oxidation – Part II (video) | Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat/biomolecules/fat-and-protein-metabolism/v/fatty-acid-oxidation-part-ii

Oxidation States: https://www.chem.wisc.edu/deptfiles/genchem/netorial/modules/biomolecules/modules/lipids/lipid5.htm

Reduction, Oxidation and Available Energy: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/Chemical/redoxea.html

Triacylglycerols Are Highly Concentrated Energy Stores – Biochemistry – NCBI Bookshelf: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK22369/