What are Trans Fats ?

What are Trans Fats?

Trans fat (also known as partially hydrogenated oil) is a type of man-made fat that helps certain foods stay fresh on the shelf longer and taste better. They can be found in food products we eat on a daily basis.

Where Are Trans Fats Found?

There are two sources of trans fat:

1. Natural – this type of trans fat is produced in the stomach of some animals. We consume small amounts of trans fat when we eat animal products – such as meat and dairy.
2. Man-made – this type of trans fat is created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil (called hydrogenation), which makes oil solid at room temperature. Partially hydrogenated oils are used to improve shelf life, texture and flavor in foods.

Examples include:

crackers, cookies, cakes, frozen pies

snack foods and deep fried foods

frozen pizza

vegetable shortening and stick margarines

refrigerated dough products

Trans Fat and My Health

Trans fats can have an effect on your health – especially your heart health. If you eat high amounts of trans-fats you are at risk for:

Raising your “bad” cholesterol levels

Lower your “good” cholesterol levels

Increasing your “bad” cholesterol, puts you at a higher risk for:

Developing heart disease

Having a stroke

Developing Type 2 Diabetes

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