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What are saturated fats ?

Saturated fats are fats found in animal-based foods such as butter, cheese, fatty meat, meat products (sausages, hamburgers) and full-fat milk. It is also found in vegetable sources such as coconut oil and palm oil, and hydrogenated vegetable oils. These oils are solid at room temperature. Saturated fats, when consumed in excess, can result in high levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol. The World Health Organisation recommends that they should not exceed 10% of our total energy intake. It recommends replacing them with polyunsaturated fatty acids.