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Not All Fats are Created Equal

Which fats should you eat?

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When you think of chemistry, we usually think of unknown liquids and solids sitting in a laboratory. However, it turns out that our world of food is basically an extension of chemistry--whether it’s a good thing or bad thing, you decide.  

Creative Applications

You go to 7-11 and you’re craving a bag of chips.  Two types of chips are on sale for the same price.  1 bag has 3 grams of monounsaturated fat and no cholesterol.  The second bag has 3 grams of saturated fat and also no cholesterol.  

  1. If you were buying chips based on healthiness, which one would you buy? Explain. (Hint: look at the ingredients)
  2. What is the chemical difference of monounsaturated fat and saturated fat? (Hint: They’re 2 types fatty acids)
  3. What’s the impact of having types of fat in your body. 
  4. You come home and your mom thinks eating all chips is bad.  Explain why eating one of the bags is actually good, while eating the other one is unhealthy (Hint: It has to do with the heart)

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