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Why do doctors recommend a reduced intake of saturated fats?

Why do doctors recommend a reduced intake of saturated fats?

Disease Associations: Consumption of saturated fats (fats from animal and dairy products) has been shown in many studies to be an independent risk factor for the development of many diseases, including heart disease and high cholesterol. Some studies have also shown an increased risk of various cancers in people who consume large amounts of saturated fats. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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


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How can limiting ones intake of saturated fats help fight against obesity and being overweight?

How can  limiting ones intake of saturated fats help fight against obesity and being overweight?

If calories are less: Limiting one's intake of saturated fats helps fight against obesity only if the person is not eating non-saturated fats instead. Fats are fats, so saturated fats have the same number of calories as non-saturated fats. Substituting one fat for another fat won't change obesity. One would have to substitute with protein or whole-grain carbohydrates, to get fewer calories and loose some body fat. ...Read more

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How often should you go over your reccomended saturated fat intake?

Anytime you want: But it's not good for you or your cholesterol. ...Read more

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Do I lose benefits of lower saturated fats and lower cholesterol if I have some butter intake?

Do I lose benefits of lower saturated fats and lower cholesterol if I have some butter intake?

No: Your overall diet is more important, not the occasional intake of some butter. Don't worry about this. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference between saturated fat and trans fat?

Can any doc tell me what's the difference between saturated fat and trans fat?

Fats: Saturated fats are mostly the animal fats. Trans fats are made in the lab and are the reason twinkies last for decades. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does saturated fat mean?

Dietary fats: It's a type of fat that in excess is associated with heart disease and is found in animal fat, dairy fat, shellfish, even chocolate. People are always debating diets, but national guidelines still recommend a diet that is higher in the healthier unsaturated fats in vegetable oils, nuts and fish and lower in cholesterol and saturated fats. Details in ncep (national cholesterol education program). ...Read more

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My doctor said my lipid panel blood test results looked good. Is that an indication that I am not eating to much saturated fat?

My doctor said my lipid panel blood test results looked good.  Is that an indication that I am not eating to much saturated fat?

Not necessarily but: Saturated fats can affect cholesterol levels, but about half of those who die from cardiovascular disease have "normal" lipid levels. Saturated fats may cause arterial damage independent of effects on lipid levels, but the degree to which saturated fats increase risk of heart disease is controversial. See https://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/saturated_fat_and_cardiovascular_disease_controversy & comment:. ...Read more

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I found out that trans fat and saturated fat are bad it different from saturated fat, what do you recommend?

Trans are worse.: Meats have some transfats, but most are manmade. Transfats are made by hydrogenating oils, which turns them into solids (shortening). Transfats are used in processed foods b/c they last longer on shelf that way -- cookies/pie crusts/chips/popcorn/donuts/creamer/margarine. They raise LDL (bad) and lower HDL (good) cholesterol, which leads to heart disease. Saturated fats are just as bad! ...Read more

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