Saturated Fats versus partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and trans fats

Are we playing a game of chance with the oils we consume? And if so, which oils?

I’ve been studying about fats in a cookbook called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon with Mary G. Enig, Ph.D. There are different kinds of fats, and the book discusses whether or not saturated fats are good for you.

Saturated fat

Saturated fat is a fat that is naturally full up with hydrogen atoms such that it’s stable for the body to consume [more at Answers.com]. Bear with me on this hydrogen thing.

Saturated fat most often comes from animals and is solid at room temperature. Examples of saturated fat would be fat from a Spencer stake, ground beef, chicken, turkey or bacon, butter — and tropical oils, like coconut oil.