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Saturated Fat

What is saturated fat?

Saturated fat is the least healthy of all fats/lipids.

Sources of saturated fat

  • Common sources of saturated fat include animal fats, butter, lard, red meat, poultry skin, cheese, cream and milk.
  • Certain vegetable oils, like coconut and palm oil are also high in saturated fat.Note: Saturated fat is solid at room temperature.

We don’t need saturated fat in our diet

It’s worth remembering that the body can manufacture its own saturated fat so you don’t actually need to include ANY saturated fat in your diet.

Health problems associated with saturated fat

Saturated fat raises bad cholesterol (low-density-lipoprotein – LDL). The more saturated fat you consume, the higher your cholesterol will rise. Saturated fat is directly linked to higher levels of heart disease, strokes and breast cancer. For the sake of your health and weight it is best avoided.

See also Saturated Fat Advice

Diet Program can help you reduce your fat intake and lose weight. It also shows you how to eat sensibly and control your weight for life.

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