Trans Fats

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What are Trans-Fats?

Trans-fatty acids are fabricated when oils are partially hydrogenated to make them more solid. Manufacturers put them there to give the product a longer shelf life.

Why are the bad for me?

  • Trans fats are artery-clogging saturated fats when they are in your body.
  • Trans-fats raise your “bad” LDL-cholesterol, and decrease the good HDL-cholesterol.
  • Trans-fats raise the risk of heart disease as much or more than saturated fats.

Where are trans fats found?

  • Trans-fats are found in many processed foods, such as boxed cakes, candy bars, cookies, crackers, doughnuts, fried foods, microwaveable popcorn, and pastries.
  • See our list of some high trans-fat foods on the opposite side of this page. Limit your intake to as close to zero as possible!

How can I limit trans fats in my diet?

  • You can limit trans-fats in your diet by ingredient lists, and avoiding too many processed foods.
  • Although labels will not tell you how many grams of trans-fatty acids are in a food, the ingredient list will indicate whether they are present.
  • Look for the words “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated.
  • The lower down the ingredient list these words appear, the fewer trans-fatty acids there are in the food.


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