Fat Facts

Fast Facts About Fats and Enzymes

Here are 10 facts about fats and digestive enzymes that you may not have known.

  1. Fats are a type of nutrient in food. Fats are important for growth, development, energy, and more.
  2. There are many different kinds of fats – some of which are very important for good health.
  3. Breaking down foods, including fats, so that the body can use them requires substances called digestive enzymes, which are normally produced in the pancreas, an organ in the body.
  4. Different kinds of enzymes play different roles in breaking down foods into the forms that the body can use.
  5. The form of fat that is used in enteral tube feeding formulas is called triglycerides. However, the body cannot absorb some triglycerides until digestive enzymes break them down into other forms called fatty acids and monoglycerides.
  6. Fatty acids and monoglycerides are forms of fat that the body can easily absorb and use for energy and other health benefits.
  7. Omega-3 fats are important fats that provide energy (calories) and other important health benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for normal development and growth.
  8. When fats are not broken down, it can result in getting fewer calories or not enough calories or not getting enough of certain kinds of fats (such as omega-3 fats, which are important for normal growth and development), as well as in not being able to gain or maintain weight, losing weight, or having lower levels of some vitamins.
  9. Lipases are enzymes that are normally made in the body to break down (digest) fats (triglycerides) into an absorbable form (fatty acids and monoglycerides).
  10. If you have a health condition in which your body does not produce enough digestive enzymes or produces digestive enzymes that do not work properly, you may need to get these digestive enzymes from another source.