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Dr. Bennett Werner
Board Certified, Cardiology
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Can you tell me the risk of having more than 10% of your daily calories come from saturated fat?

Dr. Bennett Werner
Board Certified, Cardiology
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Can you tell me the risk of having more than 10% of your daily calories come from saturated fat?

Arteriosclerosis: The conventional wisdom is that you will accelerate arteriosclerosis. ...Read more

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Saturated Fat (Definition)

Saturated fat is a kind of fat found in certain foods. Eating high amounts of saturated fats over time may make a person more prone to developing heart disease and plaques ...Read more


Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Are the same natural saturated fats that come when a woman breastfeed her child vs formula? What do you think?

Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Are the same natural saturated fats that come when a woman breastfeed her child vs formula? What do you think?

Not the same: Breastmilk is unique in that fat composition varies over the duration of the feeding as well as timing of the feeding. Infant formulas have been modified to approach breastmilk composition. Babies who are breastfed are less likely to obese as children and adults. Breastmilk is the gold standard. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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What is saturated fat?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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What is saturated fat?

Single-bond: Fats have long chains of carbon; saturated fats have all the carbons joined by single bonds. They are less likely to get rancid, and they may be less healthy for the heart. ...Read more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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Can you tell me is saturated fat bad for health ?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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Can you tell me is saturated fat bad for health ?

Sat fat: Large amounts of saturated fat are probably deterimental to good health. Moderating satuirated fat intake is a good idea. ...Read more

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Dr. Cindy Juster
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Board Certified, Family Medicine
26 years in practice
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Where are the most common places to find saturated fats?

Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Animal and dairy: Saturated fats are primarily found in animal and dairy products. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Fried
Board Certified, Nutrition
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What is the ideal unsaturated to saturated fat ratio?

Dr. Martin Fried
Board Certified, Nutrition
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Rohde
Board Certified, General Practice
30 years in practice
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What is the difference between trans and saturated fats?

Dr. Thomas Rohde
Board Certified, General Practice
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What is the difference between trans and saturated fats?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerald Neuberg
Board Certified, Cardiology
33 years in practice
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If I am teenager and want to live healthy life style should I eat saturated fat or not as study show it is healthy ?

Dr. Gerald Neuberg
Board Certified, Cardiology
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Reduce saturated fat: Today's general medical advice is to eat more unsaturated fat from nuts, vegetable oils, and fish, and less saturated fat from red meat, organ meat and whole dairy. But for whole dairy we can substitute low fat dairy (1% milk, skim cheese, yoghurt, egg white omelets); and for animal fat we can substitute white meat (chicken without skin) and some lean red meat (try bison burgers). ...Read more

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Dr. Alex Golden
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
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If saturated fats are a concern, why does an all plant based diet not warn about all the saturated fat in nuts and seeds?

Dr. Alex Golden
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
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If saturated fats are a concern, why does an all plant based diet not warn about all the saturated fat in nuts and seeds?

Some do.: Some people do suggest avoiding nuts and seeds, especially if you have heart disease. Of nuts, walnuts are probably the most healthy. Chia seeds have a favorable omega 3 vs 6 profile. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Are all saturated fats equal?

Dr. Philip Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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More or less: Bad fats= bad fats. Depends on quantity and animal sources. ...Read more

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