Solid fats

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What are solid fats

Solid fats are fats that are solid at room temperature, like beef fat, dairy spread, and shortening. Solid fats mostly come from animal foods and can furthermore be made from vegetable oils through a method called hydrogenation. Solid fats, and added sugars are considered empty calories as they serve no nutritional purpose, They can lead to significant weight gain, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

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Some common solid fats are:

Examples of solid fats

  • butter
  • milk fat
  • beef fat (tallow, suet)
  • chicken fat
  • cream
  • pork fat (lard)
  • stick margarine
  • hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils
  • coconut oil
  • palm and palm kernel oils

Trans fats and saturated fats

Most solid fats are high in saturated fats and/or trans fats and have less monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats. Animal goods compriseing solid fats also comprise cholesterol. Saturated fats and trans fats are inclined to lift "bad" (LDL) cholesterol grades in the body-fluid. This, in turn increases the risk for heart disease. To lower risk for heart disease, cut back on nourishment containing saturated fats and transfats.Some nourishment that comprise solid fats include:

  • Fried foods
  • Many desserts and oven baked goods, such as baked cakes, cookies, donuts, pastries, and croissants
  • numerous dairy cheeses and foods encompassing cheese, such as pizza
  • sausages, warm canines, bacon, and ribs
  • ice cream and other dairy desserts
  • fried potatoes (French fries) - if deep-deep-fried in a solid fat or hydrogenated oil
  • normal ground beef and slashes of beef with marbling or evident fat
  • fried pullet and other pullet dishes with the skin

Hidden solid fats

In some cases, the fat in nourishment is not evident such as the fat in fluid milk is a solid fat. Milk fat (butter) is solid at room warmth but it is suspended in the fluid milk by the method of homogenization.

Vegetable oils and solid fats

In contrast to solid fats, oils are fats that are fluid at room warmth, like the vegetable oils utilised in preparing food. Oils arrive from many distinct plants - such as maize and peanuts - and from fish. A couple of vegetation oils, including coconut oil and palm oil, are high in saturated fats and for nutritional purposes are advised solid fats.

Solid fats and oils provide the same number of calories per gram. However, oils are usually better for your wellbeing than solid fats because they contain less saturated fats and/or trans fats. Foods encompassing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils generally comprise trans fats. Trans fats can be found in numerous baked cakes, cookies, crackers, icings, margarines, and microwave popcorns.

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