What Exactly is Saturated Fats? Good or Bad?
Did you know that overeating saturated fats can raise ‘bad cholesterol’ levels (LDL) and can increase the risk of developing heart disease and stroke?
Saturated fats are one of the types of fats in your diet. Saturated fats are known as ‘bad fat’, along with trans fats.
Mostly saturated fats are in solid form at room temperature. Foods like margarine, baked goods and palm oil are examples of foods with high amounts of saturated fats.
Eating a diet high in saturated fat is associated with raised levels of non-HDL (bad) cholesterol. This is linked to an increased risk of heart and circulatory disease.
Saturated fats can be found in many foods such as:
According to Malaysian Dietary Guidelines, limit the intake of saturated fats to less than 10% of total daily calorie intake.
The government recommends that:
If you want to reduce your risk of heart disease, it’s best to reduce your overall fat intake and swap saturated fats for unsaturated fats.
According to Malaysian Dietary Guidelines,