Health Advice



Sat fat -- it's hiding in foods you think are healthy

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

While she's training, tennis phenom Serena Williams refuses to eat red meat -- opting to use ground turkey in her taco treats. "I can't live without ground turkey," she's declared. Seems Serena knows to avoid excess inflammatory, artery-clogging saturated fats. But is she -- and are you -- aware of saturated fat that shows up in unexpected places?

-- A large blueberry muffin (you think the berries make it virtuous) contains as much sat fat as a serving of meat lasagna!

-- That three-quarter cup of yogurt you enjoy? Five grams of saturated fat. The same amount of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt? Zero grams.

-- A cup of instant noodles can pack more saturated fat than a medium-size order of French fries. Ramen noodles have 7 grams of saturated fat per serving; McDonalds small French fries? Only 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

-- Hidden tropical oils like coconut and palm are in energy bars, baked goods, breads, margarine, pizza dough and, yes, Impossible Burgers (8 grams of saturated fat in 4 ounces!). Palm oil has 7 grams of saturated fat in a tablespoon. Coconut oil has 12 grams and is about 90% saturated fat, which is a higher percentage than butter (64%), beef fat (40%) or lard (also 40%).

Now, you can't and don't want to avoid all saturated fat: You get 6 grams in a 7-ounce serving of heart-healthy, omega-3-rich salmon. And there are 2.2 grams in 4 ounces of ground turkey. For nonvegetarians, that's the healthy way to get the 13 grams or less a day that's recommended by the American Heart Association.



Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit

(c)2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.



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