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Offline sarah james

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Oxidized Fats Questions
« on: July 09, 2007, 12:12:00 AM »
We hear so much about how dangerous oxidized fats are, but I don't exactly understand what the chemical structure of an oxidized fat is.  I know that saturated fats cannot be oxidized and polyunsaturated fats are most easily oxidized.  Does an oxygen atom attach to the fat molecule in place of a hydrogen or a carbon double bond?  Also, what happens in the body when an oxidized fat is ingested?  How is it digested and what problems does it cause?

Please help me understand!  Thank you!

Offline Helayne Waldman

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Re: Oxidized Fats Questions
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2007, 06:58:48 PM »
This can be a very confusing topic.  I suggest you open the Mary Enig text: Know Your Fats.  She talks about oxidation specifically on pages 25, 56, and 264. Michael Schmidt and Udo Erasmus are two other experts on fat who can explain the ins and outs much better than I!
Helayne Waldman, Ed.D., M.S.

Offline Laura Knoff

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Re: Oxidized Fats Questions
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2007, 10:36:04 AM »
go to for detailed info on what happens to oils when they oxidize.
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