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Why do packaged foods contain trans fats?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Many packaged foods -- cookies, crackers, and potato chips -- contain trans fats because they give food a longer shelf life. A lot of cookies and crackers claim to be "baked, not fried" or to have "no cholesterol," implying they are healthy when they are, in fact, chock-full of trans fat. It doesn't matter if a food is baked or "cholesterol-free"; if it contains trans fat, it will damage your arteries.
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Packaged foods contain trans fatty acids because this type of fat increases their shelf life and make food crispy and tasty.

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