The bad fat! At room temperature, they remain solid. Commonly found in beef, chicken and dairy products, as well as in palm oil, coconut oil and hydrogenated vegetable oils. Saturated oils are a major cause of high blood cholesterol levels. Back
All fats and oils are made up of three fatty acid molecules and a glycerol molecule. The fatty acid molecules are made up of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. The number of hydrogen atoms attached to carbon atoms in the molecule determines its saturation. Each carbon atom could hold two hydrogen atoms. When two adjacent carbon atoms are each missing one hydrogen atom, they form a double bond between themselves. If the fatty acid has none of these double bonds it is called saturated. Scientists have suggested that saturated fats may be associated with an increase in the less desirable LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in the blood. Saturated fatty acids are found in animal fats, coconut, chocolate, palm oil and artificially hydrogenated shortening and margarine.
Fatty acids with no double bonds between carbon atoms. Levels of saturated fatty acids are especially high in meat and dairy products that contain fat. Saturated fatty acids are linked to increased blood cholesterol levels and a greater risk for heart disease.
Saturated fats are among the most common fats in our diet. They are found predominantly in animal foods like meat, poultry and full- fat dairy products, and in tropical oils like palm and coconut. Diets high in saturated fats are associated with higher risks of heart disease, certain cancers, and stroke. Soybean oil is considered one of the most well balanced vegetable oils, with a low saturated fat content of 15 percent.