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What Is Saturated Fat?

Saturated fat is solid at room temperature and comes mainly from animal products, such as meat and dairy foods.

Saturated fat raises our LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and is associated with coronary heart disease and strokes.

Foods high in saturated fat include butter, meat, cheese, milk, cream, ice cream and a wide range of cakes, cookies and chocolate. Including a small amount of foods high in saturated fat is useful as these foods are the best sources of the fat soluable vitamins A and D. However, most of us consume fat too much.

For detailed information about fats in our diet, see Dietary Fat


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