Saturated Fat

Definition of Saturated Fat:

A type of unhealthy fat that is readily converted to LDL cholesterol and is thought to encourage production of arterial disease.  Saturated fats tend to be solid or almost solid at room temperature.  Among saturated fats are animal fats, dairy products, and such vegetable oils as coconut and palm oils.  The American Heart Association recommends that we limit our saturated fat intake to below 7-10% of total calories.  Those with coronary heart disease or an LDL cholesterol level over 100 mg/dL should limit themselves further.

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Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever

...recommendation Animal/Saturated Fats Avoidance
“Do not eat foods that trigger your allergies: eat fewer foods and additives that are likely to cause inflammation and allergic reactions, such as saturated fats (meats and dairy products), refined foods, eggs, citrus, bananas, chocolate, peanuts, shellfish, food coloring, preservatives, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and sugar.”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“Many of the diet and lifestyle changes recommended against allergies are a natural consequence of adhering to a more animal-free lifestyle: avoiding saturated fats (meats and dairy products), eggs, shellfish; consuming fresh fruits and vegetables (be careful of citrus in particular though), whole grains, nuts, seeds, and fresh juices; using...”
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Animal/Saturated Fats Avoidance a treatment
Saturated fat raises blood cholesterol more than anything else in the diet...”


...relationship to EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement
“...much emphasis on low fat diets, there are some intriguing studies that show that a low fat diet may actually increase LDLs and that it may be more important to alter the fats in the diet, decreasing saturated fats and trans fatty acids, and replacing them with poly- and mono-unsaturated fats...”

Bacterial Dysbiosis

...the condition
“...Putrefaction dysbiosis is usually managed with a diet high in both soluble and insoluble fiber and low in saturated fat and animal protein...”

Bladder Cancer

...our question about Vegetarian, vegan or raw-food diet
“A diet high in saturated fat (which is generally found in animal products) is a major risk factor for bladder cancer.”

Calcium a treatment
“...Saturated fats can also lessen calcium absorption...”

Cancer, General

...our question about Vegetarian, vegan or raw-food diet
“...They acknowledge it could just be the saturated fat in meat and dairy, but maybe it is also because of the incorporation of this foreign substance (plants do not produce NeuGc)...”

Carbohydrate Craving

...the condition
“...The American Heart Association recommends choosing a wide variety of foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...recommendation Monounsaturated Oils
“...Avoid the use of hydrogenated fats (they contain trans-fatty acids) which may be worse than saturated fats in contributing to heart disease.”

Effects of a High Fat Diet

...the condition
“...We get saturated fats from all the meat and dairy in our daily diet...”

Effects of a Low Carbohydrate Diet

...recommendation Animal/Saturated Fats Avoidance
“The best dietary strategy to reduce one's risk of dying from the number 1 killer in the U.S. is to reduce one's consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol...”

Excess Animal Fat Consumption

...the condition
“Eating a diet high in animal fat leads to high saturated fat intake – the chief cause of high cholesterol...”

Excess Protein Consumption

...the condition
“...general, high protein diets, depending on the food choices of the diet, increase risk for the following: inadequate vitamins and minerals (especially antioxidants), low fiber intake, high total and saturated fat intake, excess caloric intake, excess protein intake...”

Fibrocystic Breast Disease

...the condition
“...The link between fat and symptoms appears to be most strongly related to saturated fat.  Foods high in saturated fat include meat and dairy products...”
...recommendation Low/Decreased Fat Diet
“...The link between fat and symptoms appears to be most strongly related to saturated fat.  Foods high in saturated fat include meat and dairy products...”
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...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“A more vegetarian diet is naturally lower in saturated fats (meat and dairy products) and higher in grains, vegetables, fruits, vegetable proteins (legumes such as soy), and essential fatty acids (cold-water fish, nuts, and seeds) that are all...”

High/Increased Protein Diet a treatment
“...Conventional corn fed beef, on the other hand, is a protein source containing high amounts of saturated fat, which can contribute to the development of elevated cholesterol and, over time, coronary artery disease...”

Hydrogenated Fats Avoidance a treatment
“...You can bet donuts will continue to be high in saturated fats and trans fats unless consumers complain...”

Increased Fish Consumption a treatment
“Compared to most meats and poultry, fish is much lower in total fat and saturated fat, is a source of very high-quality protein, supplies lots of vitamins and minerals and contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids...”

Low/Decreased Fat Diet a treatment
“...For example, while a diet low in saturated fat is a major way to combat heart disease, a diet low in omega-3 fats and monounsaturated fats could be counterproductive...”

Macular Degeneration

...recommendation Low/Decreased Fat Diet
“Some scientists have suggested an association between macular degeneration and high saturated fat, low carotenoid pigments, and other substances in the diet.”

Magnesium a treatment
“...Magnesium can be lost through the consumption of saturated fats, soft drinks, and excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages...”

Multiple Sclerosis

...the condition
“...The Swank Diet Dr. Roy Swank has provided convincing evidence that a diet low in saturated fats over a long period of time can slow down and in some cases stop the degenerative process in Multiple Sclerosis...”

Multiple Vitamin Need

...our question about Low-carbohydrate dieting
“...follow these diets are therefore at risk for compromised vitamin and mineral intake... Diets such as Atkins' maximize the consumption of disease-promoting substances like the cholesterol and saturated fat, and industrial pollutants and carcinogens in meat, yet restrict one's intake of fiber and the literally thousands of antioxidants and phytochemicals found exclusively in the plant...”

Ovarian Cancer

...recommendation Animal/Saturated Fats Avoidance
“...Increasing saturated fat consumption was associated with an increasing risk of ovarian cancer...”

Poor Prostate Health

...the condition
“...That's just part of the story, since what's missing is recognition of the role the essential fatty acids play in balancing and regulating saturated fats.  The symptoms to look for are...”

Premenstrual Syndrome

...the condition
“...(cruciferous vegetables) such as cabbage, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower if estrogen levels are low to normal; Decrease milk and dairy product consumption; Decrease intake of fats – especially saturated fats – while increasing intake of linoleic and linolenic acid...”

Supplemental Fiber a treatment
“...Increasing fiber in your diet goes hand in hand with reducing total fat, saturated fats, and cholesterol...”

Weight Loss a treatment
“...Still, guidelines recommend that women moderate their fat consumption to 25-35% or less of their total calorie intake, with saturated fats accounting for only about 10% of intake and being comprised of equal amounts of monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fats – that is, more vegetable-source fats...”
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