In the field of food science and nutrition, fats can be good and bad for the body. The good ones are often the unsaturated fat to which names such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids belong. These groups play a vital role inside the body. Many studies have shown the health benefits of consuming foods rich in unsaturated fats.
On the other hand, the bad ones called saturated fats are the ones that wreak havoc on people’s health. According to the American Diabetic Association, the consumption threshold for saturated fats is 7% of the total daily calories. This equates to about 16 g of saturated fats. Being aware of foods rich in saturated fats can help you monitor your intake.
1. Hydrogenated Oils
Examples of hydrogenated oils are palm and coconut oils. These are the biggest source of saturated fats. Technically, every carbon atom in these substances is fully filled by hydrogen and this makes it saturated. Commercially processed coconut and palm kernel oils are known to be high with saturated fats. This is equal to about 93% of the saturated fats and that is about 470% of the daily value/DV per 100 g serving. The amount present in palm kernel or coconut oil is around 86.5 g equal to 433% of the DV per 100 g serving.