Fat requirements, infant: Fat in human milk provides 30%-35% of the total daily caloric needs for a growing infant.
Manufacturers of infant formulas utilize many different vegetable oils for fat including corn, soy, safflower, and coconut oils.
Some formulas contain “predigested” fats known as medium chain triglycerides (MCT). These are analogous to the “predigested proteins.” Because of their unique application, formulas containing MCT are not routinely recommended for healthy infants and children.
- Fat, saturated
Fat, saturated: A fat that is solid at room temperature and comes chiefly from animal food products. Some examples are butter, lard, meat fat, solid shortening, palm oil, and coconut oil. These fats tend to raise the level of cholesterol in the blood.
- Fat, trans
Fat, trans: An unhealthy substance, also known as trans fatty acid, made through the chemical process of hydrogenation of oils. Hydrogenation solidifies liquid oils and increases the shelf life and the flavor stability of oils and foods that contain them. Trans fat is found in vegetable shortenings and in some margarines, crackers, cookies, snack foods […]
- Fat, unsaturated
Fat, unsaturated: A fat that is liquid at room temperature and comes from a plant such as olive, peanut, corn, cottonseed, sunflower, safflower, or soybean. Unsaturated fats tend to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood.
- Fatal familial insomnia
Fatal familial insomnia: Abbreviated FFI. An hereditary prion disease characterized by disrupted sleep (insomnia), motor abnormalities (myoclonus, ataxia, dysarthria, dysphagia, and pyramidal signs), and hyperactivation of the autonomic nervous system. Due to a missense mutation at codon 178 of the prion protein gene on chromosome 20. A sporadic form of fatal insomnia is also known.
Father: (1) The male parent. (2) One who originates. For example, “Wilhelm Roentgen is considered the father of radiology.” (3) To produce offspring as a male. (4) To provide paternal protection and guidance to children.