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There are 3 types of fat people normally eat, Saturated, Unsaturated, and Trans.

Note: there is also 2 types of unsaturated fat, Polyunsaturated and Monounsaturated fat.

Among all the types of fat, each one has a different, yet similar molecular structure. The small difference among each reflects the physical characteristics of the fat, and how it affects our body.

What you should know:

- It's molecular structure is most stable, no carbons have double bonds, and has the most hydrogen

- It is a solid at room temperature

- This type of fat is found in meat and dairy foods. It is also in coconut oil.

- Foods that contain fat are not strictly saturated or unsaturated fat, they are a combination of the two. For instance Peanut butter is mostly unsaturated fat, but does also contain saturated fat.

- It is recommended by nutritionists to eat no more than 30 grams of saturated fat per day.

- Consistently under-eating saturated fat can cause brain atrophy and hormonal deficiencies/issues.

- Consistently over-eating saturated fat can cause weight gain and clogged arteries, both of which are a double whammy against the heart really increasing chances of a heart attack.

- Fat (this includes trans, unsaturated, and saturated) is one of the 4 calorie yielding nutrients. It has 9 calories per gram. Carbs and protein have 4 calories per gram and alcohol has 7 per gram.
Person 1: Hey man you wanna get a double cheeseburger?
Person 2: No man I can't eat beef or cheese, I'm trying to watch my saturated fat intake, my doctor told me to.
by Zyzy July 06, 2016
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