Introduction to Lipids

What you’ll learn to do: Illustrate different types of lipids and relate their structure to their role in biological systems

Fats and oils are probably the type of lipid that you’re most familiar with in your everyday life. The word fat typically brings up a negative picture in our minds. In diets, we’re advised to stay away from fatty foods. However, our bodies require some fat in order to survive. There are also other lipids essential to human life, including phospholipids, steroids, and waxes.

While an excess of any substance can be a problem, all of these lipids play essential roles in living things.

In this outcome, we will discuss lipids and the role they plan in our bodies.


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