What Are Total Count Of Saturated Fatty Acids?

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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 )

What Means Total Count

It's when all saturated fatty acids are counted together in a food.

Not specified in the different sorts or kinds.

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:

Foods You Can Find Saturated Fatty Acids In

You find saturated fatty acids mostly in and fats and oil products.

Examples of food sources include

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