Cholesterol And Fats : The Whole Truth

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Cholesterol and Fats: The Whole Truth Are all fats bad? That is what many people think. When trying to lose weight, or become healthier, dieters think they need to eliminate all fat from their diets. This is not correct, there are good fats and bad fats, and the body needs the good ones to function properly. Then, there is cholesterol, it is hard to keep which type is good and which type is bad straight. Actually, they are both good, if they are maintained at the correct, healthy levels. A person has to eat the good fats and stay away from the bad ones in order to help their body maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Lipids are important because of all the essential functions they perform in the body. They contribute to the structure of membranes in cells and cell compartments, protect against drying out, store energy, insulate, and absorb shocks, and regulate cell activities using hormones (Pearson Education, n.d.). Lipids can not cross the plasma membrane on their own, but do with the help of ATP. There are several types of lipids including, fatty acids, triglycerides, phospholipids, steroids (cholesterol, bile salts, vitamin D, adrenocortical hormones, and sex hormones), eicosanoids (prostaglandins and leukotrienes), carotenes, vitamin E, Vitamin K, and lipoproteins (Tortora & Derrickson, 2014). Each type of lipid has a specific job in the body, when these jobs do not get done correctly the body does not function properly leading to many unfavorable symptoms and…
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