Facts about saturated fats

Saturated fats can mostly be found in high-fat animal products, full-fat dairy, like fat milk, eggs, and cheese, and of course in a lot of cakes and snacks. But how do these fats affect your body and what are they actually?

Saturated fats and cholesterol

Saturated fat is a fat that contains high amounts of saturated fatty acids. When you consume saturated fats your cholesterol levels will rise. Your body uses cholesterol to produce cells, hormones, and gall. Cholesterol can be divided into two groups, LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein). When consuming saturated fats, both LDL and HDL cholesterol levels will rise. HDL is known as good cholesterol because it carries cholesterol to your liver to be expelled from your body. HDL helps rid your body of excess cholesterol so it's less likely to make its way into your arteries. LDL on the other hand is called bad cholesterol because it carries cholesterol to your arteries, where it can collect in the artery walls. Too much cholesterol in your arteries can lead to a buildup of plaque known as atherosclerosis. This can increase the risk of blood clots in your arteries.

In order to prevent plaque buildups and other consequences, try to eat less saturated fats in your diet or replace them with more unsaturated ones. You can do this by eating more foods like fish, olive oil instead of coconut oil, and low-fat dairy instead of full-fat dairy.

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