What Is an Invisible Fat?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 5, 2020 3:56:18 PM ET

Invisible fat refers to fat that cannot be easily seen and is impossible to separate from food, such as butter that has been baked into a cake or the natural oils found in nut butters. A visible fat such as olive oil may be absorbed during cooking and become invisible.

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Visible fat, such as excess fat on a cut of meat or margarine spread on a slice of toast, can be removed or is more easily avoided than invisible fat. Even after trimming the visible fat from a cut of meat, the lean meat still contains some fat. This is the invisible fat that cannot be removed.