The effects of a diet rich in saturated fats

Essay by steven_beardJunior High, 9th gradeA-, March 2006

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Aim: To find out the effects of Saturated Fats on the human body.

Hypothesis: That a diet rich in saturated fats can cause health problems and the possibility of death.

Definition: All animal fats, such as those in meat, poultry, and dairy products are saturated. Fast foods and vegetable oil are also saturated. Saturated fats are solid at room temperature. Saturated fats are the very unhealthy fats.


Saturated fats make the body produce more cholesterol, which may raise blood cholesterol levels. Eating food that is high in saturated fat increases the risk of coronary disease.

Coronary disease is characterised by a narrowing of the arteries. It begins in younger years and can be well advanced by middle age. Fatty deposits cling to the artery walls and can clog the arteries, making it more likely that a blood clot will form. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot blocks one of the arteries of the heart.

This prevents the flow of blood, cuts off the oxygen supply to the heart and damages or kills the heart cells. When arteries become damaged and narrowed, they also become twitchy and more prone to spasm. The result is an even higher risk of blockage. Heart disease accounts for over 25% of all deaths in Australia.

Overweight and obese people usually have diets high in fat, particularly saturated fat. The food offered by popular fast food chains, including fried chicken, burgers and hot chips, is usually high in saturated fats. One fast food meal may have more than 50 per cent of your daily fat allowance and almost 100 per cent of your daily saturated fat allowance.

Blood pressure is affected by the amount of saturated fats in a persons diet.

Blood pressure is the amount of force exerted on the artery walls...