saturated fat


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fat

 [fat]
1. the adipose tissue of the body.
2. a triglyceride (or triacylglycerol) that is an ester of fatty acids and glycerol. Each fat molecule contains one glycerol residue connected by ester linkages to three fatty acid residues, which may be the same or different. The fatty acids may have no double bonds in the carbon chain (saturated fatty acids), one double bond (monounsaturated), or two or more double bonds (polyunsaturated). Essential fatty acids cannot be synthesized by the body but must be obtained from the diet or from intravenous infusion of lipids.
Saturated and Unsaturated Fats. All of the common unsaturated fatty acids are liquid (oils) at room temperature. Through the process of hydrogenation, hydrogen can be incorporated into certain unsaturated fatty acids so that they are converted into solid fats for cooking purposes. Margarine is an example of the hydrogenation of unsaturated fatty acids into a solid substance.
brown fat a thermogenic type of adipose tissue containing a dark pigment, and arising during embryonic life in certain specific areas in many mammals, including humans (see illustration); it is prominent in the newborn. Called also brown adipose tissue.
Sites of brown fat in the neonate. From McKinney et al., 2000.
neutral fat fat (def. 2).
polyunsaturated fat a fat containing polyunsaturated fatty acids; see also fat.
saturated fat a fat containing saturated fatty acids; see also fat.
unsaturated fat a fat containing unsaturated fatty acids; see also fat.

sat·u·rat·ed fat·ty ac·id

a fatty acid, the carbon chain of which contains no ethylenic or other unsaturated linkages between carbon atoms (for example, stearic acid and palmitic acid); called saturated because it is incapable of absorbing any more hydrogen.

saturated fat

n.
Any of various fats, including most animal fats, coconut oil, and palm oil, that are solid at room temperature and whose fatty acid chains cannot incorporate additional hydrogen atoms. An excess of these fats in the diet is associated with high cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.
Any fat linked to increased atherosclerosis, and a poor lipid profile
Examples Saturated fats (e.g., red meat, butter, ice cream); trans fats—processed foods (e.g., margarines), commercially baked or fried foods, whole milk

sat·u·rat·ed fat

(sach'ŭr-āt'ĕd fat)
A type of fat found chiefly in foods that come from animals and certain vegetable oils, which raise blood cholesterol levels and thus increase risk of atherosclerosis.

Patient discussion about saturated fat

Q. I am wondering if any of you are ENTHUSED about the use of COCONUT OIL. I ask because it IS SATURATED FAT. I have trouble losing weight. That inculdes getting cold frequently, and was wondering if cocounut oil would help me maintain body temperture more easily. Also, I have notice that SOME claim that coconut oil has many health benefits not affiliated with polyunsaturates.

A. i know there was a Polynesian research about people that consume coconut oil on a daily basis in parallel to people who don't. they found out that there are high cholesterol levels among the people that consumed coconut oil but no significant difference in heart problems.

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Nadine Aoun, nutritionist and dietitian at Medcare Hospital, said that the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that people limit the consumption of saturated fat, which are found in butter, full-fat cheese, red meat and other animal-based foods.
Reducing carbs and adding fat to the diet in a well-formulated way, on the other hand, ensures the body will promptly burn the saturated fat as fuel--so it will not be stored.
Heart disease and obesity are linked with inactivity, trans fats, refined carbs and overeating, not saturated fat alone.
Butter is very high in saturated fat, but we have products, such as our pumpable shortenings, that can be used across a range of products.
But the new research, published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, did not find that people who ate higher levels of saturated fat had more heart disease than those who ate less.
omega-3s can't be utilized without enough saturated fat.
12, the scientific journals Circulation and Journal of the American College of Cardiology pre-published online new recommendations for saturated fat intake from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.
Saturated fats, like those found in rich cheeses and meats, may do more than weigh men down after a meal - a Danish study also links them to dwindling sperm counts.
Our analysis suggests if you substitute out 5 percent of your saturated fat calories with 5 percent monounsaturated fats, you could have a 50 percent lower risk [of memory and cognitive decay.
Government health agencies have been blaming dietary saturated fat for the rise in LDL ("bad") cholesterol and heart disease ever since.
A MERSEYSIDE charity is raising awareness about reducing our saturated fat intake.
THE Food Standards Agency are encouraging consumers to reduce their saturated fat intake.