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Triglycerides | Functions and Sources

What food source is the nutrient found in?

Triglycerides are present in all foods that contain fat, whether from animals or plants. They are also added to some foods during processing.

How does the nutrient affect the body?

High blood levels of triglycerides result from the following conditions:

  • in carbohydrate-sensitive people whose bodies have trouble breaking down fats or carbohydrates
  • obesity
  • diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes
  • in those who drink alcohol heavily
  • High blood levels of triglycerides have been linked to heart disease in some people. Women appear to be at greater risk than men. Many people with high triglyceride levels have low levels of high-density lipoprotein, called HDL. HDL is known as the good cholesterol because it acts like a removal system for cholesterol. Low levels of HDL are another risk factor for heart disease.

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    Author: Kelly Streit, MS, RD, LD
    Reviewer: Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD, LD
    Date Reviewed: 05/30/00

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