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Offline doglet

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AS biology student here.

Why exactly are saturated fats  bad for you? And why do they produce more energy than unsaturated? I don't know the link between saturation and energy.

Thank you.

« Last Edit: 22/06/2008 14:26:11 by chris »


Offline Sid

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The saturated fat has much more energy than other edible compounds and its the way they bond that effects the them. As from the name saturated you can imagine it means strong or dense.

"Fats are molecules made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. The type of fat depends upon the arrangement of these atoms within the molecule. If the carbon atoms have a single bond between them and as many hydrogen atoms as possible are bonded to the carbon atoms, then the fat is said to be saturated." - newbielink: [nonactive]

Offline Bored chemist

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Sid's wrong.
There's esentially no difference between the calorie (or energy) content of saturated and unsaturated fats. Any fat, saturated or not, has roughly 2 or 3 times the energy content of carbohydrate or protein.

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