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.
- Hard cheese
- 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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