I have a question about fats. This may sound cliché! Because we are in the era of "trans-fat" free, "unsaturated" food. Not to mention it's the period where people get sicker and die faster (oh may be, the statistics weren't obvious in the past...).
Fats are important part of our diet and major source of energy (the mighty omega-3 fatty acids). But, The trans-fat, it's a linear molecule, it tends to stick and stacks up, builds up bad cholesterol, so that's not good for our cardiovascular system...
Does it mean, the opposite configuration, cis-fat is healthy for our body? If cis is what's naturally found, by default it's unsaturated fat isn't it?
It's that time of the year again, for a community project we (the people who are new to biology, organic, biochemistry education) need to explain that to kids of age 7 and 10. They are going to go for shopping with us and we have to pop our eye balls to make sure they don't buy the wrong stuff. Because everything they adore seems to contain trans-fat from breakfast cereals, syrups, chips to doughnuts...list goes on. Saying something isn't bad not going to convince them an atom! So we gotta explain why they should go for trans fat free, unsaturated food or in the worst case just choose a saturated food instead of a trans-fatty thing and prevent any "kids-melo-drama". I am struggling with this explaination and I doubt it's going to be any easier for the kids.