Saturated Fat

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Saturated Fat (SFA) is a fat with zero double bonds. Saturated fats are linear, hydrophobic (not soluble in water) molecules with a high melting point. This blog mostly discusses stearic acid – an 18 carbon saturated fat found in cocoa butter and beef suet – and palmitic acid – a 16 carbon saturated fat found in butter, meat and palm oil.

Saturated fat can be made by animals through the process of De Novo Lipogenesis.

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Synonyms:
SFA, saturated fat, stearic acid, palmitic acid
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