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What are saturated fatty acids (SFA) ?

Saturated fatty acids are found in animal-based foods like butter, cheese, fatty meat, meat products (e.g. sausages, hamburgers) and full-fat milk. They are also found in vegetable sources such as coconut oil and palm oil. They are solid at room temperature. Eating excessive amounts of saturated fatty acids can result in high levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol, a well-known risk factor in heart disease. The World Health Organisation recommends that SFA’s should not exceed 10% of our total energy intake.