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Saturated fat


Mayo Clinic Minute: Are saturated fats OK to eat?


Understanding saturated fats and their sources


How much saturated fat should be in our diet?


[Preview] "The human body needs good saturated fats" — Dr. Ken Berry


Saturated Fats

A saturated fat is a type of fat in which the fatty acid chains have all or predominantly single bonds. A fat is made of two kinds of smaller molecules: glycerol and fatty acids. Fats are made of long chains of carbon (C) atoms. Some carbon atoms are linked by single bonds (-C-C-) and others are linked by double bonds (-C=C-). Double bonds can react with hydrogen to form single bonds. They are called saturated, because the second bond is broken up and each half of the bond is attached to a hydrogen atom. Most animal fats are saturated. The fats of plants and fish are generally unsaturated. Saturated fats tend to have higher melting points than their corresponding unsaturated fats, leading to the popular understanding that saturated fats tend to be solids at room temperatures, while unsaturated fats tend to be liquid at room temperature with varying degrees of viscosity.
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    • Fat profiles 

    • Examples of saturated fatty acids 

    • Association with diseases 

    • Dietary recommendations 

    • Molecular description