Fat

Alternative Names

Saturated fat; Diet – fat; Polyunsaturated fat; Monounsaturated fat; Lipids

Definition of Fat

Fats are organic compounds that are made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. They are a source of energy in foods. Fats belong to a group of substances called lipids, and come in liquid or solid form. All fats are combinations of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids.

Review

Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 8/2/2009

Healthy diet
Omega-3 fatty acids
Calories and fat per serving
Saturated fats
Trans-fatty acids

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