Trans fat

Trans fats or hydrogentated fats are not real fats but are synthetically made by an industrial process. This process literally fills in the gaps found in liquid unsaturated fats by adding hydrogen atoms to make them saturated and therefore more solid. Trans fats are popular in the food industry and are added to food to increase the shelf life and improve on taste. Trans fats have no nutritional benefit, however, and are considered to be health negative by increasing LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and lowering HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), which in turn raises the risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke.

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