Phospholipids help create the cell membrane. They are comprised of fatty acids and phosphorus molecules. Lecithin or phosphatidylcholine is one of the most common phospholipids. It breaks down fats and helps fat work together with other nutrients.
Fats also known as lipids are used to store energy, transport fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E, and K, produce eicosanoids, and are part of the cell membrane. Fats are mainly found in seeds, nuts, meats, and dairy.
Digestion of lipids primarily occurs in the small intestines. Chewing your food will begin to separate fats. Once in the stomach, hydrochloric acid or HCL will break down some of the fats. When it moves into the small intestines, the gall bladder releases bile to emulsify fats. It then moves into the liver which is the where fat metabolism occurs.
It’s important to know the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats and essential to consume healthy fats on a daily basis. If too much unhealthy fat is consumed it can lead to various diseases.