Low Saturated Fat diet

Saturated fats increase our LDL cholesterol, the so-called “bad” cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is considered bad because it increases our risk of heart disease and stroke. This is why many doctors consider saturated fats the “bad” fats.

A quick way to spot a saturated fat is that it’s solid at room temperature. Think lard, butter and tropical oils. In contrast, unsaturated fats like olive oil are liquid at room temp.

About saturated fats:
They are naturally-occurring fats.
Foods high in saturated fat usually come from:
Animal products like animal fat, fatty meat, full-fat dairy and egg yolk.
Tropical plant oils like coconut, palm and palm date.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 13 grams of saturated fats a day.

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About This Diet

Foods that are restricted include:
Trans fat.
Animal fat and fatty meat.
Full-fat dairy products.
Egg yolk.
Tropical oils.

Foods that are OK include:
Foods that contain mostly unsaturated fat but have some saturated fat, like many plant oils.

Note: Consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.


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