What is Fat?
There exists a class of biomolecules called lipids. Fats belong to this class. They are insoluble in water and generally soluble in organic solvents. There are different types of fats. Saturated fats and trans fats, these two fats are solid at room temperature. They are mostly found in animals example red meat. Trans fats are made to change and increase their shelf life. They are hard at room temperature. They are responsible to increase cholesterol levels in the body. Example snacks like chips, etc. Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature. They help to control cholesterol levels. There are two types of unsaturated fats and they are polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats.
What is Cholesterol?
It is produced in the body and to build membrane around the cell in order to protect it. It is a chemical compound that is waxy in nature. The liver produces cholesterol, it is found in red fat meat, cheese, butter, egg. Lipoprotein help in the transport of these through the blood. Increased cholesterol levels are not good for health as it causes cardiovascular disease.
Difference between Fat and Cholesterol
To make you understand how fat and cholesterol are different from each other, here are some of the major differences between fat and cholesterol:
|Difference between Fat and Cholesterol|
|It provides energy in calories||It does not|
|Found in animals, vegetable oils, seafood, poultry||Dietary cholesterol found in animals|
|Types: Trans, saturated, unsaturated, total||Types: Triglycerides, LDL, HDL, VLDL|
|It was derived in 12th century||It was derived in 19th century|
These were some of the important differences between cholesterol and fat.
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