Saturday, November 13, 2021

What Are Sources Of Saturated Fat And How Much Should I Be Eating?

Saturated fats are fats that contain no double bonds, all of their carbons are saturated with hydrogen. They are mostly found in animal products like steak, hamburger, bacon, butter, ice cream and cheese. There are just a few vegetable sources of saturated fat, such as coconut oil and palm oil. 

Several fad diets are promoting saturated fats such as butter and coconut oil as health promoting and even as weight loss aids. This recommendation is not based on solid evidence. The research shows that saturated fats increase risk of heart disease and diabetes. I have my clients shoot for no more than 7% of calories as saturated fat. Instead of saturated fats, focus on the health promoting unsaturated fats, such as olive oil, canola oil, avocados, nuts and nut butters.

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