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saturated fat

noun, Nutrition.
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 of saturated fat
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for saturated fats
  • According to the article, almond milk has no cholesterol, saturated fats or lactose.
  • Look at the percentages of daily values for saturated fats, trans fat and sodium.
  • Made of soybeans, tofu makes an excellent plant-based protein source without the saturated fats that are present in meat.
  • Almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts provide your brain and body with fuel without cholesterol-raising saturated fats.
  • But the optimum mix is probably still way too heavy on saturated fats.
  • Suggesting that saturated fats can cause obesity and diabetes is one thing.
  • Instead they're growing fat and domesticated on sugars and saturated fats.
  • Fats that help to lower blood cholesterol if used in place of saturated fats.
  • Avoid or limit foods that are high in saturated fats.
  • However, they both contain saturated fats and thus raise an individual's cholesterol level.
saturated fats 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 fats 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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saturated fats in Culture

saturated fats definition

The kind of fat in which the molecules are arranged so that every valence electron in each of the atoms making up the molecule is used to form a bond with one electron from another atom (called a single bond). Saturated fats are usually solid at room temperature and are found in butter, red meat, poultry, and milk products.

Note: A diet high in saturated fats increases the level of cholesterol in the blood. Because of the role cholesterol may play in heart disease, many physicians now recommend that people eat fewer saturated fats.
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