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Glossary: saturated fat, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

saturated fat

(SA-chuh-RAY-ted…)

A type of fat with certain chemical properties that is usually solid at room temperature. Most saturated fats come from animal food products, but some plant oils, such as palm and coconut oil, also contain high levels. Eating saturated fat increases the level of cholesterol in the blood and the risk of heart disease.

2006-05-05