I sure can. It get’s a little technical but I’ll try to make it clear. Stick with me.

Different enzymes contained in alkaline pancreatic juices digest triglycerides, phospholipids and cholesterol esters present in food. These enzymes split fatty acids from the outside carbon positions of the glycerol molecules in triglycerides and phospholipids and remove the fatty acids attached to cholesterol.

These components are absorbed separately into cells lining our intestinal tract (mucosal cells). These mucosal cells build transport vehicles for fats. From proteins and phospholipids, mucosal cells construct a “membrane bag” and stuff the constituted food fats into this bag. The loaded bags (called chylomicrons) are dumped into our lymph vessels, which ship them to a large vein close to the heart, where they merge into the bloodstream. The heart pumps the blood containing the packaged fatty acids to all parts of the body.

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Fatty acids serve as fuel for our cell’s energy production factories (the mitochondria). Essential fats are incorporated into cell membranes or used for prostogradin formation according to cellular requirements. Triglycerides are kept as fat reserves in our cells, and excess fats not needed are transported to fat deposits around various parts of the body.

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I read your very informative article on fats. Can you also tell me how fats are digested?

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