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Definition of Saturated fat

Saturated fat: A fat that contains only saturated fatty acids, is solid at room temperature, and comes chiefly from animal food products. Some examples of saturated fat are butter, lard, meat fat, solid shortening, palm oil, and coconut oil. Saturated fat tends to raise the level of cholesterol in the blood.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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