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How do trans fats affect cholesterol?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Trans fats raise levels of LDL cholesterol. That's the "bad" kind of cholesterol that can clog arteries and increase your risk of heart disease and other threats. Avoiding trans fats is a must for your health's sake. To limit your intake of trans fats, compare products by reading nutrition information on package labels and choosing those with the lowest amounts. Some foods that may contain trans fats include cookies, crackers, cakes, salty snacks and fried foods. Look for products that contain no trans fats (listed on labels as trans fats or partially hydrogenated oils) when possible.
Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Trans fats are one type of fatty acid formed during the processing of partial hydrogenation. They are found naturally in some foods but mostly from foods that are partially hydrogenated. Trans fats act like saturated fat in the body and tend to raise blood cholesterol levels. Saturated fats trigger the liver to make more total and LDL (lousy cholesterol) cholesterol.

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