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Saturated Fats: Health Effects, Sources and Reducing Intake

Saturated fat is a type of fat in which all bonds in the fatty acid carbon chain are single bonds and, therefore, all carbons are saturated with hydrogen. This type of fat comes from animal products and certain vegetables and it is the chief dietary source of high levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol). As a result, saturated fat happens to be a major cause of coronary heart disease. Saturated fats are solid at room […]

Health Effects of Different Types of Dietary Fats

Fat is one of three types of nutrients (along with protein and carbohydrates) that supply calories to the body. Oils are liquid fats and the two terms may be used interchangeably. In addition to being a major source of energy, fat provides numerous other benefits to the body such as protection and insulation. Fat is also involved in the processes that help regulate heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, blood vessel constriction and the functions […]

Saturated vs Unsaturated Fat in Our Diet

We have heard it so many times that fat and cholesterol are bad for our health. Fat makes us overweight and may be linked to certain types of cancer. Too much cholesterol, on the other hand, can lead to a heart attack. However, there is good and bad news in this. Although we now have to worry about the kind of fat we eat, we do not need to eliminate every bit of it from […]