chapter  19
Fats and Oils in Human Health
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I. Fats and Oils in Human Health ........................................................................................... 499 II. Lipids and Cardiovascular Disease ...................................................................................... 499 III. Lipids and Cancer ................................................................................................................ 504 Acknowledgment .......................................................................................................................... 506 References ..................................................................................................................................... 506

Most discussions of fats and health focus on the deleterious effects of the essential nutrients like fats and oils. What we are really discussing in that case is the possibly harmful effects of an excess of fats and oils. Fats (lipids) supply energy, support structural aspects of the body, and provide substances that regulate physiological processes.