Glossary

Glossary


Saturated fat
The type of fat found mainly in food that comes from animals. Whole milk dairy products, such as butter, cheese, milk, cream and ice cream, all contain high amounts of saturated fat. The fat in meat and poultry skin also is loaded with saturated fat. A few vegetable fats—coconut oil, cocoa butter, palm kernel oil and palm oil—are also high in saturated fat. These fats are sometimes found in cookies, crackers, coffee creamers, whipped toppings and snack foods. Because fats are invisible in many foods, it is important to read food labels. Remember: Saturated fat boosts your blood cholesterol level more than anything else in your diet. Eating less saturated fat is the best way to lower your cholesterol level.