I once asked this question to my professor in a nutrition class in college, and she gave me a surprised 'Gee, I never thought about that' look:
Why is "fat," the macronutrient, and "fat," the physical stuff on our bodies (adipose, viceral, etc.) called by the same name?!?!
Do you think THIS one of the main reasons for the typical modern-day person's fat-phobia (in reference to the whole 'eating fat will make me fat' deal)?? Or is there actually a REASON that I'm missing for calling the two by the same name?
Why didn't we name the 3 macronutrients Carbohydrates, Proteins, and (Insert-some-other-name-for-fat-here)?
Always curious about this one. Thoughts?
I like this. From now on I think I'll start referring to body fat as adipose tissue.
Y'know, because wearing toe shoes and telling people saturated fat is healthy doesn't make me seem weird enough.
Because it's the same thing. Fat (or really, fatty acids) are a class of chemical compounds with specific properties. You could call it endogenous fat and exogenous fat or dietary fat if you want, but it is fat.
When animals make fat, it becomes the fat we eat. It's the same thing (especially in pigs: lard is almost identical to human fat composition).
I think it makes far more confusing than it needs to be. Its also probably why people think they will lose weight if they eat less fat.
Fats could be called lipids, oils and triglcyerides too.
Augh. They're the same thing, especially when you eat animal fat. Excess blood lipids, coupled with excess blood glucose, is the normal way we store fat. De novo lipogenesis is trivial.
Now have you figured out how to marble your fat like an Angus?
I've written blogs about this a number of times. As someone who has struggled with my eating over the years, the 2 words make me think eating fat will make me fat. So instead, I like to now call dietary "goodness"... yum!
So now I say, "Does this meal have a few servings of healthy goodness in it?" Has really helped my mindframe
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