There is so much to know about vitamins, minerals, fat and water soluble. In this episode, Jen is going to break down what the difference is between water versus fat soluble.
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The main difference between fat-soluble vitamins and water-soluble vitamins lies in their solubility and how they are absorbed, transported, stored, and excreted by the body:
- Solubility: Fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A, D, E, and K) dissolve in and are carried by fat molecules.
- Absorption: They are absorbed along with dietary fats through the small intestine and require the presence of fat for proper absorption.
- Storage: Fat-soluble vitamins can be stored in the body’s fatty tissues and liver. Excessive intake of these vitamins can lead to accumulation and potential toxicity.
- Excretion: Fat-soluble vitamins are eliminated from the body at a much slower rate compared to water-soluble vitamins.
- Solubility: Water-soluble vitamins (vitamin C and B-complex vitamins) dissolve in water.
- Absorption: They are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the intestines.
- Storage: Water-soluble vitamins are not stored in large amounts in the body. Excess amounts are excreted through urine, meaning these vitamins need to be replenished regularly.
- Toxicity risk: Water-soluble vitamins have a lower risk of toxicity since they are not stored in the body to a significant extent. However, extremely high doses can still have adverse effects.
In terms of dietary requirements, fat-soluble vitamins are usually found in foods that contain dietary fats, such as oils, fatty fish, nuts, and seeds. Water-soluble vitamins are commonly found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
It’s important to note that both groups of vitamins play vital roles in various bodily functions, and a well-balanced diet should include sources of both fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins to support overall health.
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