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A 17-year-old female asked:

so what's the verdict on saturated fats now? are they alright for regular consumption? eg. buttered toast every morning

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Yes, in general,but:: Our latest understanding is that saturated fat is not the demon it was thought to be, but just as not all fats are created equal some types of saturated fats are better than others. For example, butter from grass-fed cows is healthier than butter from cows fed GMO corn. See http://drhyman.com/blog/2014/09/08/saturated-fat-get-bad-rep/#close & http://tinyurl.com/lq6to2e for details.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Where are the most common places to find saturated fats?

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Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Fried food: Deep fried fatty foods and fats that are solid at room temperature... Ie butter or lard vs olive oil or canola or safflower oil...
A 35-year-old member asked:

How can I tell how much saturated fats are in the foods I eat?

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Dr. Louis Krenn
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Food label: I would recommend reading food labels on a regular basis. They will tell you how much fat, including saturated fat, is in the foods you are eating. Pay attention to serving size though so you are not fooled into believing your food is lower in fat than it really is. Searching the web for common foods you eat can help give you a general guideline as well.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Does lard contain trans fat or saturated fat?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
TYpically Not: If the lard is not hydrogenated, it will not contain trans fats.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the ideal unsaturated to saturated fat ratio?

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
10% saturated: If 30% of your diet is fat. No more than 10% of the fat should come from saturated fats. The other 20% should be from mono and polyunsaturated fats, like olive oil and canola oil respectively.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between trans and saturated fats?

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Dr. Thomas Rohde
Anti-Aging Medicine 35 years experience
Synthetic vs.natural: Trans fats are terrible for health as they are hydrogenated and inflame the artery walls as well as ruining your cholesterol - stay away! saturated fats like butter, coconut oils in reasonable quantities are actually now found to be ok for health and coconut oil in particular has been found to be good for health, especially with memory issues like alzheimers.Meats are saturated, eat in moderation.

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