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Trans FatTrans fat, also called trans fatty acids, are unnatural fats that decrease healthy cholesterol (HDL) and increase the harmful, unhealthy form of cholesterol (LDL), making it the most unhealthy form of fat for the body.
Created through the process of hydrogenation - the insertion of hydrogen into vegetable oils - trans fats help preserve foods for a long shelf life and keep them solid, such as shortenings and margarines. Trans fats do not contain nutritional value and are present in fried foods, baked goods and foods that contain vegetable oil.
If you want to decrease the amount of trans fat in your diet, eliminate foods announcing the terms ‘partially hydrogenated’. Also eliminate foods that contain shortening.
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