Science, Tech, Math › Science What Is a Saturated Fat Molecule? Chemistry of Saturated Fat Share Flipboard Email Print Wikimedia Commons Science Chemistry Biochemistry Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated March 06, 2017 You've heard of saturated fats in the context of foods, but do you know what it means for a fat to be saturated? It simply means the fat molecule is fully saturated with hydrogen atoms so that there are no double bonds between the carbon atoms. Examples of Saturated Fats Saturated fats tend to be waxes or greasy solids. Animal fats and some plant fats contain saturated fats and saturated fatty acids. Saturated fats are found in meat, eggs, dairy, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and nuts. A saturated fat is made from a triglyceride bonded to saturated fatty acids. Examples of saturated fatty acids include a butyric acid in butter, stearic acid (shown) in meat in cocoa butter and palmitic acid in palm oil and cashews. Most fats contain a mixture of fatty acids. For example, you'll find palmitic acid, stearic acid, myristic acid, lauric acid and butyric acid in butter.