P298: What all we need to know about fats?
Lipids are an integral part of human diet. High content of lipids enhances the taste, texture and appearance of the cooked food and therefore they find an easy way into kitchens. Initially saturated milk fat was used as the cooking medium in India but with the advancement in medical research unsaturated fat became extremely popular. Depending upon the saturation, degree of unsaturation (MUFA and PUFA) and the isomeric forms (Trans and Cis/Omega) the fats can be classified as healthy and unhealthy for human consumption. Also indiscriminate consumption of fats leads to a variety of health concerns like obesity, Atherosclerosis etc. A student seminar for final year (three year course) was held by twelve students of the same year on the topic “What all we need to know about fats?” Starting from the Vedic age, introduction of fatty acids, geometrical isomerism in fats, saturated and unsaturated fats, Trans and Omega fats on basis of structure, health issues, cholesterol, fat substitutes, industrial uses of fats and myths with respect to fats were covered through PowerPoint presentations.