Saturated Fats & Cholesterol

Saturated fats raise your blood cholesterol level more than anything else in your diet. So, the best way to reduce your cholesterol level is to cut back on the amount of saturated fats that you eat.  These fats are found in largest amounts in animal products such as butter, cheese, whole milk, ice cream, cream, and fatty meats.  They are also found in some vegetable oils--coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils.*

For more information, please visit the Cholesterol Center.

Portions of the above information has been provided with the kind permission of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-National Institutes Of Health (

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Last Editorial Review: 9/5/2000