The Impact of Saturated Foods

We’ve all probably heard of saturated fats and immediately identify them as one of the seven deadly sins. Although we are right to be wary of consuming food containing these fats, many of us may not fully understand what they are and why they are bad for us.

Scientifically speaking, saturated fats are fat molecules that have no double bonds between carbon molecules because they are saturated with hydrogen molecules. These fats are typically solid at room temperature.

Saturated fats can raise your cholesterol putting you at a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. Therefore, it is recommended that your dietary intake contains no more than 5-6% of calories from saturated fat. It is best to limit your consumption of foods that contain saturated fats like fatty beef, lamb, pork, poultry with skin, beef fat, lard and cream, butter cheese and other dairy products made from whole or reduced fat milk.

If you find yourself consuming a lot of foods high in saturated fats, try making healthier substitutions. Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without added saturated and trans-fat. Healthy foods that are low in saturated fats and will provide you with the nutrients you need include fish, poultry and nuts whole grains, fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy.

If you are working towards a heart healthy life, you are best off avoiding foods high in saturated fats. Look at your diet to make healthy substitutions and enjoy a higher quality of life for years to come.