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Posted by: Carlo | 2012-06-25

saturated fats

Hello doctor. As far as ill effects go, is there any difference between plant based (e.g palm fat) versus animal based saturated fats, the one being less harmfull than the other?

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Dear Carlo
When considering the health effects of fats and oils it is always important to keep in mind that ALL fats and oils have a very high energy content of 37 kJ per gram.
Secondly some fats such as saturated fats obtained from animals which are found in foods derived from animals (whole or full cream milk, yoghurt, cream cheese, sour cream, meat, chicken skin, egg yolk) and saturated fats found in plant oils such as palm fat. The problem with palm fat is that there are "good" palm fats such as red palm oil and "bad" palm fats such as palm kernel oil. There is an article on the DietDoc site at: http://www.health24.com/dietnfood/General/15-742,30539.asp about beneficial red palm oil and another article at: www.health24.com/dietnfood/DietDocs.../15-1871,31490.asp about the Confusion About Fats which outlines the difference between palm kernel oil which has high saturated and trans-fat contents and red palm oil that is beneficial, has a low saturated and trans-fat content and also contains a highly beneficial antioxidant form of vit E called tocotrienol and lycopene. From a heart health point of view, 'bad' palm kernel oil and saturated fats produced from plant oils by hydrogenation are regarded as just as harmful as saturated fats derived from animal products. On the other hand, red palm oil is regarded as highly beneficial to health.
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DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2012-06-26

Dear Carlo
When considering the health effects of fats and oils it is always important to keep in mind that ALL fats and oils have a very high energy content of 37 kJ per gram.
Secondly some fats such as saturated fats obtained from animals which are found in foods derived from animals (whole or full cream milk, yoghurt, cream cheese, sour cream, meat, chicken skin, egg yolk) and saturated fats found in plant oils such as palm fat. The problem with palm fat is that there are "good" palm fats such as red palm oil and "bad" palm fats such as palm kernel oil. There is an article on the DietDoc site at: http://www.health24.com/dietnfood/General/15-742,30539.asp about beneficial red palm oil and another article at: www.health24.com/dietnfood/DietDocs.../15-1871,31490.asp about the Confusion About Fats which outlines the difference between palm kernel oil which has high saturated and trans-fat contents and red palm oil that is beneficial, has a low saturated and trans-fat content and also contains a highly beneficial antioxidant form of vit E called tocotrienol and lycopene. From a heart health point of view, 'bad' palm kernel oil and saturated fats produced from plant oils by hydrogenation are regarded as just as harmful as saturated fats derived from animal products. On the other hand, red palm oil is regarded as highly beneficial to health.
Best regards
DietDoc

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