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Food with high saturated fat

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Saturated fat is a type of fat in which the fatty acid chains have all single bonds. A fat known as a glyceride is made of two kinds of smaller molecules: a short glycerol backbone and fatty acids that each contain a long linear or branched chain of carbon atoms. Along the chain, some carbon atoms are linked by single bonds, and others are linked by double bonds.

A double bond along the carbon chain can react with a pair of hydrogen atoms to change into a single -C-C- bond, with each H atom now bonded to one of the two C atoms. Glyceride fats without any carbon chain double bonds are called saturated because they are “saturated with” hydrogen atoms, having no double bonds available to react with more hydrogen.

Food with high saturated fat

  1. milk and white chocolate, toffee, cakes, puddings and biscuits
  2. pastries and pies
  3. fatty meat, such as lamb chops
  4. processed meat, such as sausages, burgers, bacon and kebabs
  5. butter, lard, ghee, dripping, margarine, goose fat and suet

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