Saturated fat refers to a group of fats each with their own properties and characteristics. Some saturated fats may be healthy, while others less so, and more research needs to be conducted so consumers can make better diet choices.
Despite saturated fats potential health benefits, saturated fat has long been associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. While such evidence is controversial, it still doesn't hurt to limit intake of saturated fats. The key word being limit and not eliminate. Don't substitute anything on this list with trans fats, or margarine, as they are now seen as being even worse for health than natural saturated fats.
Foods high in saturated fat include whipped cream, dried coconut, fatty meats, processed meats, desserts, oils, cheese, milk, butter, and chocolate. The DV for saturated fat is 20 grams per day.