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Saturated Fat

Nutrition Glossary

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Updated May 19, 2014

The saturated fat in red meat is solid at room temperature.
Penelope Berger

Definition: A fat found mostly in animal products and some plants.

Eating excess saturated fat results in high LDL cholesterol levels, the bad kind of cholesterol that is a risk for cardiovascular disease.

Sources of saturated fat include foods such as beef, lamb, pork, lard, butter, cream, whole milk and high fat cheese. Plant sources include coconut oil, cocoa butter, palm oil and palm kernel oil.

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