The Fats of Life

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Overview

Written by an expert in the field, this intriguing popular science book fills the gap between unscientific comments about dietary fats and the health hazards of high- or low-fat diets found in magazines, and technical medical reports about lipid biochemistry and obesity in animals and humans. It explains in clear, non-technical language where fats come from and how the body handles them, their natural roles, and the biology of feasting and fasting, fattening and slimming in wild animals as well as people.
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"The author, well known in the field of comparative fat physiology, expertly combines accounts of chemistry of fats, general natural history, and pertinent comparative physiology of mammals, together with the relevance of all this to human life history and social and medical issues. Any and all topics from fat distribution in mammalian bodies to the nature of different kinds of fats found in plant foods of all sorts are woven into a well-written and carefully constructed narrative. ...clearly an outstanding contribution to the educated layperson's library: it informs and entertains in a holistic and delightful manner." Choice

"Its major contribution may well be to swing the pendulum back a little, widening the recognition that in order to be healthy, one does not need to be anorexic or nearly so." Nature

"The author, well known in the field of comparative fat physiology, expertly combines accounts of chemistry of fats, general natural history, and pertinent comparative physiology of mammals, together with the relevance of all this to human life history and social and medical issues. Any and all topics from fat distribution in mammalian bodies to the nature of different kinds of fats found in plant foods of all sorts are woven into a well-written and carefully constructed narrative...clearly an outstanding contribution to the educated layperson's library: it informs and entertains in a holistic and delightful manner." Choice

"...fun to read...it will fascinate." Journal of the American Dietetic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521583213
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Prologue 1
1 Introduction to fats 5
2 Introduction to fatty tissues 27
3 Diverse fatty acids 77
4 Lipids in action 113
5 The functions of fattening 159
6 The functions of fat 195
7 Fat people 217
8 Fat and health 267
Epilogue 313
Notes and references 315
Index 329
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