Saturated Fat Definition and Examples

What Is Saturated Fat?

Saturated fats tend to be solids at room temperature.
Saturated fats tend to be solids at room temperature. Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images

Saturated Fat Definition: A saturated fat is any lipid (fat) which contains no carbon-carbon double bonds. In other words, a saturated fat has been fully saturated with hydrogen atoms. Saturated fats tend to be greasy or waxy solids. Natural saturated fats often come from animal sources.

Examples: Examples of saturated fats include butter and lard.

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