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saturated fat

noun, Nutrition.
1.
a type of single-bond animal or vegetable fat, as that found in butter, meat, egg yolks, and coconut or palm oil, that in humans tends to increase cholesterol levels in the blood.
Compare saturated (def 3).
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75
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  • Eating too much saturated fat, the type of fat that is solid at room temperature, may increase risk of heart disease.
  • They're crowded into feedlots where they wallow in their own filth as they are larded up with saturated fat.
  • Most of that is fat, and about half of the fat is saturated fat.
  • Plus, a bean-based vegetarian chili has considerably fewer calories and less saturated fat than chili made with meat.
  • They also contain polyunsaturated fats, which are better than the saturated fat found in meat.
saturated fat in Medicine

saturated fat n.
A fat, most often of animal origin, having chains of saturated fatty acids. An excess of these fats in the diet is thought to raise the cholesterol level in the bloodstream.

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saturated fat in Science
saturated fat  
A fat with a triglyceride molecule containing three saturated fatty acids. All carbon atoms in the fatty acid chains of saturated fats are connected by single bonds. Most fats derived from animal sources are saturated fats. Eating foods high in saturated fats can lead to elevated cholesterol levels in the blood. Compare unsaturated fat.
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