Saturated fatty acid (SFA) is a type of fat in which the fatty acid chains contain no double bond. Saturated fatty acids as a group affect factors involved in cholesterol metabolism.
Saturated fatty acids can be synthesized by the body. But our major dietary source is food from animal sources, but it’s also found in plant oils. Consuming saturated fats can contribute to inflammation and pain.
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Different Chains Of Saturated Fatty Acids
Saturated fatty acids are either short-chain containing 4–12 carbon chains, mid-chain containing 13–16 carbon long chains, and long-chain fatty acids of 17–26 carbon chains. (source 🗗)
But saturated fatty acids don’t contain any double bonds. It means that the body can produce this type of fat itself. (source 🗗)
Where To Find Saturated Fatty Acids
Saturated fatty acids are found in both animal fats and plant oils. Rich sources of dietary saturated fatty acids are butterfat, meat fat, and tropical oils (like palm oil and coconut oil). (source 🗗)
Saturated Fatty Acids And Cholesterol
Some saturated fatty acids seem to raise cholesterol levels. But some do not. There are uncertainties in the existing research. (source 🗗)
Example Of Some Common Saturated Fatty Acids:
- lauric acid
- myristic acid (rais cholesterol)
- palmitic acid (raise cholesterol, but not as much as myristic)
- stearic acid (does not raise cholesterol)