Definitions for "Saturated fat"
Keywords:  dairy, lard, coconut, cholesterol, palm
The type of fat, such as butter, that is usually solid at room temperature. Saturated fats are usually derived from animal sources.
A dietary fat derived primarily from animal-based foods such as meat and dairy products.
Saturated fats are those in which all carbons contain a hydrogen, and therefore, no double bonds exist. In general, fats that contain a majority of saturated fatty acids are solid at room temperature, although some solid vegetable shortenings are up to 75 percent unsaturated. Some common fatty acids in foods include palmitic, stearic and myristic acids. Saturated fatty acids are more stable than unsaturated fatty acids because of their chemical structure. Stability is important to prevent rancidity and off flavors and odors.