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Why do doctors recommend a reduced intake of saturated fats?

Why do doctors recommend a reduced intake of saturated fats?

To protect the heart: Saturated fats are usually from animal products we consume in our diet, such as dairy products and red meat. Eating a lot of saturated fat can raise one's cholesterol, which is directly related to a higher risk of coronary artery disease. If one's coronary (heart) arteries are narrowing from cholesterol plaques, the blood supply to the heart gets blocked, causing a higher risk of mortality. ...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


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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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What are the consequences of eating more than the recommended level of saturated fat just one day, one time? Really worried.

What are the consequences of eating more than the recommended level of saturated fat just one day, one time? Really worried.

I'm sorry you seem: to be so misinformed about dietary fat and that this is a source of worry. Guidelines about limiting saturated fat are meant to influence long term, consistent dietary choices that favor health. But NO ONE follows them 100% of the time and NO ONE expects you to.There would be no measurable health effects from eating high saturated fat one day.Congratulations on your commitment but educate yourself ...Read more

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What are the consequences of eating more than the recommended level of saturated fat just one day, one time? Really worried.

What are the consequences of eating more than the recommended level of saturated fat  just one day, one time?  Really worried.

Saturated fats: One time consumption of saturated fats may not have long-term effects as eating daily of saturated fats. Regular exercise and balance diet would be the recommendation ...Read more

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I started weightlifting. Many people i've met recommend the paleo diet. If half of my calories came from saturated fat, what would it do to my body?

I started weightlifting. Many people i've met recommend the paleo diet. If half of my calories came from saturated fat, what would it do to my body?

Unknown: It was widely believed that the low carb, high fat, atkins diet would cause a marked increase in LDL cholesterol and heart disease but it didn't. If you're normal weight and exercising regularly, it may not matter what you're eating but this has not been conclusively proven. As a cardiologist, I do not recommend 50% of calories from sat. Fat but you can measure your own lipids & see for yourself. ...Read more

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Based on a 2000 calorie diet, my fat intake currently is 18% of my calories. Is that too little? Most of it is mufa, but 6 grams of it is saturated.

Based on a 2000 calorie diet, my fat intake currently is 18% of my calories. Is that too little? Most of it is mufa, but 6 grams of it is saturated.

It depends on Yr wei: This amount of fat is fine for you provided your weight is normal. If you are overweight and are trying to lose some pounds, then you need to cut out some calories as 2, 000 cals/day is pretty high unless you are physically very active and have an active lifestyle. ...Read more

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Ahm doc, what daily calorie intake do you recommend for an 18 year old teen guy?

Balanced Diet: Calorie requirements should be based on age, ht/wt, activity level, and your goals. In addition to total calories, also need to consider nutrient sources and timing of meals. Regardless diet should be rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, and lean protein sources. Mayo offers basic calorie calculator @ http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/calorie-calculator/nu00598. ...Read more

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Have low grade fever since 2 weeks now. Took blood test and doc says its viral.gave no medicines.im tired and my food intake has reduced.any home rem?

Have low grade fever since 2 weeks now. Took blood test and doc says its viral.gave no medicines.im tired and my food intake has reduced.any home rem?

Many, none I trust: If indeed your condition is due to a viral infection your immune system will eliminate the virus. There are countless home remedies, herbs and spices that reportedly help people recover from illness but I have no convincing evidence that they work. The best advice is to rest and let your immune system eliminate the infection. Get well soon. http://bit.ly/1hKZ4wy ...Read more

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What can trans and saturated fats do to your body?

What can trans and saturated fats do to your body?

Bad lipids: Saturated and trans fats increase bad LDL cholesterol. Trans fat also decreases good HDL cholesterol. Best approach is to substitute unsaturated vegetable fats for the saturated and trans fats found in animal and processed foods. ...Read more

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Where are the most common places to find saturated fats?

Animal and dairy: Saturated fats are primarily found in animal and dairy products. ...Read more

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What is the difference between trans and saturated fats?

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

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

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. ...Read more

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