Define: Saturated Fats

Define: Saturated fats

Saturated fat is a fat that comes mostly from animal food products contains only saturated fatty acids and is solid at room temperature. Consuming a lot of foods that are high in saturated fat can negatively impact heart health, so it’s best consumed in moderation.

  • Replacing foods that are high in saturated fats can help with lowering high cholesterol
  • Most saturated fats come from meats and dairy although baked goods and fried foods can also have saturated fat
  • Saturated fats can cause inflammation throughout the body

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Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in every one of your cells in your body. Your body’s liver actually makes all the cholesterol it needs and your body does need cholesterol to work efficiently and to have good health. The purpose of cholesterol is to make vitamin D, hormones, and substances that help your body digest foods.

Trans fats

Trans fats are worst than saturated fats and are a form of unsaturated fats associated with a number of negative health effects. Artificial trans fats are now banned in the United States along with Denmark, Brazil, and Canada.

Omega-3 fatty acids

An essential fatty acid found in fish oils, especially from salmon and other cold-water fish. Eating foods that are enriched in Omega-3 fatty acids acts to lower the levels of cholesterol and especially cholesterol LDL the “bad cholesterol” along with triglycerides.

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