Health Food of the Week – Saturated Fats

Saturated fats are minty found in animal foods, such as beef, pork, lamb, butter, cheese, cream, ice cream and other full-fat and low-fat dairy products.  These are the biggest cause of high LDL levels (bad cholesterol).  When looking at a food label, you need to pay very close attention to the percentage of saturated fat and avoid or limit any foods that are high.  Saturated fats should be limited to 10% of your total calories for the day.

Eating too much saturated fat is one of the major risk factors for heart disease.  A diet high in saturated fat causes a soft, waxy substance called cholesterol to build up in the arteries.  Too much fat also increases the risk of heart disease because of its high calorie content, which increases the chance of becoming obese (another risk factor for heart disease and some types of cancer)

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