When we say saturated fats, you may think red meats like a juicy steak or dairy products like ice cream (with a dollop of whipped cream!). It’s true, foods from animals have “bad” fats, but there are some sources you may overlook. Even plants can age our bodies, with trans fats to boot! Get the skinny on these sneaky fats, which can up your heart disease risk if you overload.
Coconut oil: One tablespoon has 11.8 grams of saturated fat - 86 percent saturated fats.
Palm kernel oil: One tablespoon has 11.2 grams of saturated fat - 81 percent saturated fats.
Palm fruit oil: One tablespoon has 6.7 grams of saturated fat - 49 percent saturated fats.
Olive oil has only 2 grams of saturated fat (only 9 percent of the fats). It can be used in the place of the other oils when you’re cooking.
Technically saturated fats aren’t “bad” if you’re able to control the amount. One rule of thumb? Have no more than 4 grams per hour. In excess, it can raise cholesterol levels in your blood.
THE DEAL WITH DAIRY
Real milk and cheese are loaded with saturated fats, but that doesn’t mean you have to cut dairy out of your diet (if you’re not lactose intolerant!). With low-fat or non-fat versions of yogurt and milk, you can get away with “low-fat”—the fat is simply skimmed off the top and not replaced with artificial or overly sugary additives.
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