• Question: what are the cemicals in fat and is is toxic?

    Asked by spencer1x to Adam, Catherine, Karen, Leila, Nazim on 19 Mar 2012.
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      Adam Stevens answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      “Fat” is a general term for a whole range of different chemicals. They are normally made of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen and are called hydrocarbons.

      In fact, fats are really important. The structure of your cells is made of fat. We need fats for certain thingsi n our bodies, as well as it being a store of energy.

      Fatty tissue, which is what makes people fat, is when the body isn’t breaking down these reserves fast enough so they body stores them. It can also be left in blood vessels, which can lead to heart problems.

      So it isn’t toxic, it is in fact very important to our health, but like most things, too much can be bad.

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      Karen Masters answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I don’t know much about fat. I know there are different kinds – and that as humans we need some amount to survive, but too much is bad for us.

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      Leila Battison answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Fat’s not toxic, but if you have too much of it, it can be dangerous because it can press on your organs and not let your blood flow.

      The membranes of every cell in your body are made from fat with a bit of phosphorus attached… And it’s good to have fat stores because they help to keep you warm, and your body can break them down when you need energy.

      Most fats have a long chain or carbon atoms with hydrogens sticking onto them, but their shape and size can vary quite a lot.

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      Nazim Bharmal answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Fat is relatively simple in structure, but there are so many types I can’t be specific. Don’t forget that we need fat and if you avoid all fat in your diet, you would not survive. That is one reason we are encouraged to eat oily fish, because the fat in their skin (and body) is exactly what we need to keep our brains healthy.