Define: Trans Fat

Define: Trans Fats

Trans fats are worst than saturated fats and are a form of unsaturated fats associated with a number of negative health effects. Artificial trans fats are now banned in the United States along with Denmark, Brazil, and Canada.

  • There are two types of trans fats found in foods, naturally-occurring, and artificial trans fats.
  • Naturally-occurring trans fats can be found in animals and artificial trans fats created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid.
  • Trans fats are easy to use, inexpensive to make, and helps to keep food fresh for longer. Trans fats also give foods a desirable taste and texture.

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Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in every one of your cells in your body. Your body’s liver actually makes all the cholesterol it needs and your body does need cholesterol to work efficiently and to have good health. The purpose of cholesterol is to make vitamin D, hormones, and substances that help your body digest foods.

Saturated fats

Saturated fat can raise LDL cholesterol which is the bad cholesterol. Consuming a lot of foods that are high in saturated fat can negatively impact heart health, so it’s best consumed in moderation.

Omega-3 fatty acids

An essential fatty acid found in fish oils, especially from salmon and other cold-water fish. Eating foods that are enriched in Omega-3 fatty acids acts to lower the levels of cholesterol and especially cholesterol LDL the “bad cholesterol” along with triglycerides.

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