Saturated fat is found primarily in animal products such as red meat, poultry, butter and whole milk. Given its negative implications for blood pressure and cholesterol, it is certainly fair to look at saturated fat as the bad guy. What could be more villainous than subjecting a person to heart disease and risk of death?

The good news is saturated fats are easily recognized: at room temperature, they solidify like lard or butter. Bacon fat is a great example of this. Have you ever saved the grease from a bacon pan, let it solidify, and then used it like butter to fry something else? Perhaps you didnít realize you were working with such an artery-threatening culprit!

Health experts agree that saturated fats should compose no more than 10 percent of your daily calorie intake. This means if you eat 2,000 calories a day, you should consume no more than 20 grams of saturated fat.