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Where are saturated fats found
Saturated fats are predominantly found in animal products and animal by-products with high amounts of dairy fat like butter, cheese and cream. Saturated fat can also be found in some vegetable oils such as coconut and palm oil.
Functions of fatty saturated fatty acids
Fats in general, including saturated fatty acids, play a role in providing desirable texture and palatability to foods used in the diet.
Saturated fatty acids & health
Saturated fats are considered ‘bad’ fats mainly because they can increase bad or LDL cholesterol levels. However, some saturated fats increase risk of heart disease more than others. To reduce saturated fats, choose low fat dairy products and lean meats and replace butter/cream with monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil.
How much do we need
Since saturated fats are non-essential, we do not require any saturated fats in our diet. The American Heart Association recommends that we limit saturated fats to less than 7% of total calories in a day. For a 2000 calorie diet, that translates to less than 16 g per day.
Sources of saturated fat
|Product||Amount||Saturated Fat Content|
|Ground Beef||100 g||8.8 g|
|Butter||1 Tbsp||7.3 g|
|Whole Milk||1 cup||4.5 g|
|Vanilla Ice cream||½ cup||4.5 g|
|Cheese||30 g||3.7 g|
|Cream||2 Tbsp||2.2 g|
Source: USDA Nutritive Value of Foods
Saturated fats at Nestlé
The goal of Nestlé is to reduce the level of Saturated and Trans fats in products over time where achievable without significantly altering the expected characteristics of the product by consumers. At Nestlé Canada, we have already taken several steps to reduce Saturated Fatty Acids in many of our products. Some of these changes include removing over 7 million teaspoons of saturated fat from Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine entrées.