saturated fat


saturated fat
Nutrition.
a type of single-bond animal or vegetable fat, as that found in butter, meat, egg yolks, and coconut or palm oil, that in humans tends to increase cholesterol levels in the blood. Cf. saturated (def. 3).
[1970-75]

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saturated fat noun
An animal fat (usu solid, eg lard, butter) containing a high proportion of saturated fatty acids
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Main Entry:saturate

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saturated fat UK US noun [countable/uncountable] [singular saturated fat plural saturated fats] chemistry
fat from animal food such as meat or milk. Eating too much saturated fat can lead to high levels of cholesterol in the blood.
Thesaurus: substances and chemicals in food and drinkhyponym types of food or drinkhypernym
See also: polyunsaturated

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saturated fat,
solid or semisolid animal fat, such as butter and lard, that contains mainly saturated fatty acids. A diet high in such fat is believed to raise the cholesterol level in the blood, and is associated with certain heart diseases. »

The degree of saturation depends on the number of hydrogen atoms on the fat molecule. Saturated fats can accommodate no more hydrogens (Time).

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ˌsaturated ˈfat 7 [saturated fat] noun countable, uncountable
a type of fat found, for example, in butter, fried food and many types of meat, which encourages the harmful development of ↑cholesterol

I was advised to lower my saturated fat intake.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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