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What is saturated fat?

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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Can you tell me is saturated fat bad for health ?

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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What is the ideal unsaturated to saturated fat ratio?

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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If I am teenager and want to live healthy life style should I eat saturated fat or not as study show it is healthy ?

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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If saturated fats are a concern, why does an all plant based diet not warn about all the saturated fat in nuts and seeds?

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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What's the best way to avoid saturated fat in my diet?

Dont eat animals: Most saturated fat comes in the form of animal meats and fat, the skin of the chicken and turkey is all saturated fat, as is the white ribbed part of a steak. Reducing your intake of meat and poultry, can help. ...Read more

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