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Should we avoid saturated fat?
Health Tips

Should we avoid saturated fat?

Saturated fats are found in many foods, both sweet and savory. The amount of saturated fat is usually expressed as gram in 100 grams or 100 milliliters or 1 serving. 

 

A diet high in saturated fat elevates the level of LDL-cholesterol in our body, which increases the risk of heart disease.

 

Foods high in saturated fats include:

  • fatty cuts of meat

  • meat products, including sausages and pies

  • butter, ghee, and lard

  • cheese, tough cheese like cheddar

  • cream, soured cream, and ice cream

  • some savory snacks, like cheese crackers and some popcorns

  • chocolate confectionery

  • biscuits, cakes, and pastries

  • palm oil

  • coconut oil and coconut cream

  • deep-fried food

The Singapore Health Promotion recommends that:

  • men should not eat more than 21 grams of saturated fat a day;

  • women should not eat more than 17 grams of saturated fat a day.

As you can see from the above, saturated fat is present in the addictive foods. We suggest you control the amount of saturated fat intake!

I will write about “good fat” or unsaturated fat in my next blog. Stay tuned.

 

Posted on 13 August, 2021

Posted by Dr. Loke Wai Mun

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