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Which fats are saturated?

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Saturated fats increase your total cholesterol levels and are generally associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Less than 10 percent of your daily calories should come from saturated fats. In general, the harder a fat, the more saturated it is. Beef and dairy fats are mostly saturated fats. Liquid oils are usually unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats in olive and canola oils and polyunsaturated fats in safflower, corn, soybean, and fish oils. Coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils are exceptions to the rule; these liquid vegetable oils are highly saturated fats.

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Facts About Blood Cholesterol."

Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2013): "2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults."

United State Department of Agriculture: Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Facts About Blood Cholesterol."

Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2013): "2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults."

United State Department of Agriculture: Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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