Fat is important for our overall health. Some fats are important to keep our heart healthy while others should be limited. 

What do red meat, ice cream and butter have in common? They all have saturated fat.  You may have heard about saturated fat and its link to blood cholesterol and heart disease. Read on to get all the facts about saturated fat so you can make heart healthy food choices.

What is Saturated Fat?

Saturated fat is a type of fat naturally found in foods.  It is usually hard at room temperature and opaque.  Opaque means you cannot see through it.


Saturated fat raises total blood cholesterol levels and LDL cholesterol levels, which can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Saturated fat may also increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. This type of fat in naturally found in foods from animal sources, such as red meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. It is found in foods such as butter, whole milk, ice cream, desi ghee, yogurt, cheese, paneer. Saturated fat is also found in meat: for example, the skin on the chicken, kebabs, the white marbling in beef or pork, or the white strips when you eat a piece of bacon. Plant sources of saturated fat palm, coconut oil, coconut.

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