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What is the main difference between cholesterol and fat?

This question is part of pharmacology ch 28, 29, 22

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G. Jabez

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Answered Jan 05, 2021

Fat and cholesterol are both lipids, but they are different, and they are both organic compounds that are insoluble in water. They are both found in food and your blood, but they have other structures and just a few standard functions. Fats provide energy through calories, but cholesterol does not, and fats are saturated and unsaturated, and cholesterol is a lipoprotein.

Both fats and cholesterol can be obtained in your diet and are synthesized in the liver. Lipids are absorbed in the intestines and are transported by lipoproteins. Cholesterol is a waxy lipid that is In our cells. Your body requires a certain quantity of cholesterol and will make or not make the balance between how much you eat or not.

Fats are also needed; however, too much is not a good thing. Trans fats do not occur in the environment and are lab-created. They are in that cream in the Twinkie and the filling between the Oreo cookies.

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Answered Dec 30, 2020

Fats are triesters of glycerol and fatty acids. The primary sources of fats include milk, butter, meat, oils, coconut, fish oil, cakes, pastries, snacks, and fried foods. There are four kinds of fat: saturated, monounsaturated, trans fats, and polyunsaturated. Saturated fat and trans fats are called bad fat, as it can be detrimental to the human body. Sources of saturated fat include butter, whole milk, cheese, cream, and hydrogenated vegetable oil. The fats you want to eat are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Fish, nuts, seeds, tofu, and soybeans all contain polyunsaturated fats. Avocadoes, peanut butter, and olive oil all contain monounsaturated fats. Omega 3 fatty acids are also good for your heart. Cholesterol, on the other hand, is manufactured in the liver. It plays an important role in the production of vitamin D, hormones, and bile acids. It helps to create cell membranes, and it also assists in the transportation of materials outside the cells. Cholesterol comes in three forms: LDL is bad, and HDL is good. VLDL is also one. LDL, or Low-Density Lipoprotein, while HDL stands for High-Density Lipoprotein. Very Low-Density Lipoprotein is very bad. HDL whisks bad cholesterol away from the arteries, which keeps you healthy. Fats are more harmful to the body, then cholesterol. It is impossible to have a good memory without cholesterol.
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Answered Dec 23, 2020

The most common misconception of people is that all types of fat are bad. This is not true. You need to know the type of fat that you will place in your body. Your intake of fat should also be in moderation. Cholesterol is something that you can get from fat. Once again, there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol.

Cholesterol is still needed by the body in order to create certain types of hormones. It will also be used to create other vital compounds. For fats, look for those that contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats as these types of fat can lower the possibility of developing certain diseases.

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C. Hughes

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Answered Dec 22, 2020

When you say cholesterol, this is a type of lipid that can be found in the body. Fat is also a lipid that can be found in the body. The only difference between the two is that it will be harder to exercise cholesterol than fat. In fact, you cannot exercise cholesterol at all. Fat can sometimes be sweated off and used for energy.

They can be found in different types of animal products. For example, you will be able to get fat from consuming different types of meat. One thing that you should know is that there is such a thing as good and bad fat and cholesterol. Make sure to include the good ones in your diet to get the best results.

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Anthony Paul Bonadio

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Answered Dec 18, 2020

Fats are usually obtained from single molecules of fatty acids, which are attached to a 3-carbon backbone called glycerol. The forms of fat that are most famous are referred to as triglyceride and triacylglycerol. They look somewhat like a fork without its handle. Both cholesterol and fat belong to lipids, a unique group of molecules. The term that is popularly used to describe triglycerides food sources is fat and oil.

However, these two are different from each other in appearance and room temperature. The types of fats that we have are saturated fats, trans fats, and unsaturated fats. On the other hand, the body itself produces cholesterol, which constructs a membrane around the cell so as to protect it.

It is a chemical compound and also waxy in nature. The liver is an organ that produces cholesterol. You can also find cholesterol in cheese, egg, butter, and fat red meat. Lipoprotein takes the responsibility of transporting cholesterol through the blood. As a matter of fact, excess cholesterol in the body can lead to cardiovascular disease.

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Brendan

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Brendan , Analyst, NY

Answered Dec 16, 2020

Fat and cholesterol are two different forms of lipids with some similarities, especially when you consider the fact that both are insoluble in water. However, there are still some differences between the two. Fats are usually divided into two; trans fats and saturated fats. These two types of fats are solid at room temperature, and they are mostly gotten from animals. Since they are solid at room temperature, they are also hard. However, unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature. On the other hand, cholesterol is also produced in the body. Although fats and cholesterol are synthesized in the liver, cholesterol is always seen as a non-essential nutrient. Triglycerides, VLDL, HDL, LDL are types of cholesterol. From fat, you can get energy in form of calories, whereas cholesterol does not give energy. While you can get fats from seafood, vegetable oils, animals, cholesterol only comes from animals.
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M. Delilah

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Answered Dec 11, 2020

Fats result from glycerol and fatty acids and are soluble inorganic solvents but insoluble in water. Significant fat sources include milk, butter, meat, oils, coconut, fish oil, cakes, pastries, snacks, and many fried foods and baked goods. Consuming too much fat can make you gain weight. The two primary sources are saturated fats and unsaturated fats.

Saturated fat is bad fat, while unsaturated fats are good fats. Saturated fats are like poison to the human body and can harm a person's health if eaten regularly. It is, however, essential to note that fats produce more energy than cholesterol. Cholesterol, on the other hand, is a naturally occurring substance within the body. It is a waxy steroid, and it provides a quick burst of energy.

It is crucial for the process of vitamin D, hormones, and bile acids. There are two major types of cholesterol. These include low-density lipoproteins, bad cholesterol, and high -density lipoproteins, which is good cholesterol. For example, LDL mainly comes from unhealthy or processed foods, while HDL comes from foods like fish and nuts. Cholesterol is turned to bile in the liver, and it is used to absorb fat and excrete it as waste.

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