Recent lecture (june 2011)
Nutrigenomics of FAT: What is “good” or “bad” for human health?
Less healthy: Dietary fats rich in long chain saturated fatty acids that can be pro-inflammatory if chronically “overconsumed”
More favorable: Unsaturated fatty acids (in particular PUFAs from fish oil) have anti-inflammatory properties
A healthy adipose tissue is essential to efficiently store fat and prevent ectopic fat deposition
Healthy : Subcutanous fat > visceral fat > ectopic fat : Unhealthy
Future challenge: To prevent the unhealthy effects of a surplus of added sugars (sucrose, fructose) & high GI carbs
Will be converted into saturated fat
Linked to ectopic fat deposition e.g. NASH
Linked to obesity, diabetes, CVD….