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Saturated Fatty Acids

A saturated fatty acid is when all the carbon atoms in a fatty acid are saturated with hydrogen atoms. One refers to an unsaturated fatty acid if at least 2 neighbouring carbon atoms are linked by a double bond. If there are a lot of double bonds they are referred to as polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Saturated fatty acids have carbon atoms and each of these carbon atoms is linked to a hydrogen atom, which "saturates" it.

Long-chain saturated fatty acids increase the cholesterol level.


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Foods with saturated fatty acids:

Saturated fatty acids are common in animal fats.

  • Butter
  • Hard cheese
  • Cream
  • Lard
  • Suet
  • Meat and Meat products
  • Coconut Oil
  • Palm Seed Oil

Fats which contain a high proportion of saturated fatty acids have a solid consistency and a high melting point.


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