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    Hi guys, i have done some searching on this site and cant seem to find an exact answer to my question. In my biochemistry lecture yesterday we were talking about fats. Apparently the reason saturated fat is bad for us is because it has high melting point (69 degrees c) and this is why it sticks to arteries because our body is only about 37 degrees. Can anyone explain this to me. I am in the 'Saturated fat is prob not as bad as they say' camp but this lecture must made me question this.

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    surely our bodies don't melt everything they consume, they deal with it on a molecular level

    i'm no qualified scientist but it sounds ridiculous! Does your body melt a steak when you eat it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenbeast View Post
    surely our bodies don't melt everything they consume, they deal with it on a molecular level

    i'm no qualified scientist but it sounds ridiculous! Does your body melt a steak when you eat it?
    Right. If you have undigested fat and proteins in your bloodstream, you have bigger worries than whether those things are clogging your arteries. Your digestive tract breaks down protein into amino acids and fats into triglycerides. These nutrients are then packaged in carrier molecules and delivered to cells throughout the body. At least that's my layman's understanding of it.

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    I would be questioning your lecturer. Apparently they have no understanding of digestion.
    Last edited by Sabine; 10-23-2012 at 05:46 AM. Reason: clarity

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    Warning: do not inject bacon fat intravenously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helen85 View Post
    Hi guys, i have done some searching on this site and cant seem to find an exact answer to my question. In my biochemistry lecture yesterday we were talking about fats. Apparently the reason saturated fat is bad for us is because it has high melting point (69 degrees c) and this is why it sticks to arteries because our body is only about 37 degrees. Can anyone explain this to me. I am in the 'Saturated fat is prob not as bad as they say' camp but this lecture must made me question this.

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    You are kidding, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnegans Wake View Post
    Warning: do not inject bacon fat intravenously.
    But won't that make me super-primal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by namelesswonder View Post
    But won't that make me super-primal?
    It gave me hairy n--, uhh, hairy knuckles.

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    You all are hard core. I've only ever snorted it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanieL View Post
    You all are hard core. I've only ever snorted it.
    But don't do that straight out of a fresh pan. Trust me.

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