Fats, Lipids, and Wax. What do you think these three words have in common? If you say that these three words are both insoluble to water, meaning they do not dissolve in water, you are right. They do not dissolve in water but they do dissolve in something else entirely. It goes without saying, if you hear the word fat you may either feel repulsed, annoyed, or you may say it must be in a biological sense. But let’s face it, when you hear the word fat, you would immediately get mad, which is understandable of course. Yet, why not think of it in a scientific way? Have you ever wondered what their uses may be? Since we are on the subject, have you ever heard of lipids? For those who are in the medical field may understand what lipids are, and for those who may have only heard of it in their Science class may also have recognized this. For those who may be curious and would want to benefit from learning from it through this article should go ahead and take the plunge. Let’s discuss what lipids are and why they are so necessary for us to survive.
So if you think about it in a scientific or medical matter a lipid is considered a key compound or an extremely important part of your body in order for you to survive. This means that a lipid is any of the group of compounds. Fats, oils and other organic compounds that do not dissolve in water are considered a part of this group of compounds, this includes lipids. But what can a lipid do for the body? Basically some lipids help by giving the cell of a living organism the energy that the body needs to function.
Now that we know what lipids are, it’s time we know the types of lipids. We discussed their uses as well and how they help with any living organism in the body. Did you know that there are three types of lipids? These types of lipids have their own roles to play. Each lipid has its own characteristic that makes it unique to the other type. Here are the types of lipids below.
The first type of lipid is the Phospholipids. This kind of lipid is found in humans and animals. The purpose for this kind of lipid protects the cells around them. Basically you can imagine this as a shield around something important or that has little to no protection from anything that may be harmful towards it. Nevertheless, this type of lipid is not much thought of unless it is being studied in laboratories. In addition to that, this type of lipid may not be as famous as its second type.
Sterols the second type of lipids is considered the sub part of what people would call as hormones. Sterols of this kind are found in plants and foods that are rich with it. They of course offer a lot of health benefits that are of course only found in plants and foods. In addition to that, another kind of sterol that would be familiar for most of us would be cholesterol. Cholesterol is found in humans and its primary function is to make hormones and vitamins. But too much of cholesterol can also be dangerous for human’s health. There are two types of cholesterol that we are taught, the good kind and the bad kind. The good kind gets absorbed in the body as part of a nutrient, while the bad cholesterol is usually the cause of health issues and death. As much as this sounds so painful to hear or to read, we all know that too much of something is never going to end too well. A good amount of cholesterol in a human’s body should be fine enough.
The third and last part of the types of lipids are triglycerides. This kind of lipid is found in some fats and oils that are found in foods. If you noticed that some of these fats would be saturated or unsaturated. Omega fat is also considered as a triglyceride. As you may notice, when you think of the prefix tri- you would know by now that it means three. So the third type of lipid consists of three different types all put together into one. These three types are: Omega fat, saturated fat and unsaturated fat, and the last one is trans fat. These three types of fat are all what makes up the third lipid.
We have gone through what are lipids and what these types are. You may now think that oh, I finally have an idea for research and this would be where you plan on using to cite your sources. But how does one even begin to know how to write the topic lipids for research? Let alone what formats to use when you use scientific topics for research?
As we all know, when writing research for scientific or for social sciences, this includes anything in the medical field, it is always best to use the APA format. To recap, APA stands for American Psychological Association. Since medical and science fall under this, writing your topic for research has to be the same as the standards of APA. To know the second type of format, you may go check out MLA format.
I know what you’re going to say, essay? Yes, as we know that lipids may be a scientific research or topic, but it does not mean that you cannot use an essay to write about this topic. There are of course a lot of kinds of essays to choose from. But if you plan on talking about lipids, a good informative essay would be the best for you.
Yes, doing an educational speech about lipids can also be another way to use the topic. For those who may have to use it as a thesis report can also be doing the same when they defend their work. But most of the time, doing an educational speech about a scientific topic is also a good thing to do.
What better way than to go ahead and do a class discussion about lipids. Discussions of these kinds often only happen for college or university students, but it does no harm in doing so through high school Science classes. Of course what is a class discussion without the next thing to happen?
For a better understanding of this topic, it is always best to try and get your students to do an experiment. Let them see a whole new different world under a microscope. Not only that, let them go ahead and write something about what they have discovered. This way, it is hitting two birds with one stone.
Lipids are a group of compounds that give the living cell of any living organism the energy to function.
The three types of lipids are Sterols, Triglycerides, and Phospholipids.
For a cell to be protected, lipids are formed. But if the right lipids are missing, the cells of the body would die and would let the body falter.
That is the end of the topic for lipids. We know that lipids help the cells of a living organism function. Without it, the body would not only weaken, but possibilities are the body would die if the lipids in a living organism cannot function for its own purpose.