Question:

What is Trans Fat?

Answer:

Trans fats are formed during a process called hydrogenation, which converts a relatively healthy, unsaturated liquid fat -- like corn oil or soybean oil -- into a solid one. This gives the fat longer shelf life, so it's convenient for restaurants and food manufacturers.

The problem: The body treats hydrogenated fat more like saturated fat, like butter or animal fat. Saturated fat has long been known to clog arteries -- and some studies indicate trans fat may be a bit more evil. But on food labels, trans fatty acids are not included under "saturated fat."

Disadvantages of trans fats:

- Trans fats raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels
- Lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels
- Eating trans fats increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke
- It’s also associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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