What is trans-fat?

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Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, there are two types of trans-fats found in foods: nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring and ar­ti­fi­cial trans-fats. Nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring trans-fats are pro­duced in the gut of some an­i­mals and foods made from these an­i­mals may con­tain small quan­ti­ties of these fats. Ar­ti­fi­cial trans-fats on the other hand are cre­ated in an in­dus­trial process that adds hy­dro­gen to liq­uid veg­etable oils to make them more solid.

The pri­mary di­etary source of trans-fats in pro­cessed foods is par­tially hy­dro­genated oils. Trans-fats are easy to use, in­ex­pen­sive to pro­duce and last a long time. They help give foods a de­sir­able taste and tex­ture.

What ev­ery­day foods have trans-fats?

Trans-fats in­crease the risk of de­vel­op­ing many chronic dis­eases like heart dis­ease, stroke, hy­per­ten­sion, obe­sity and type-2 di­a­betes. Some of the most ba­sic and most con­sumed foods that we gen­er­ally eat al­most on a daily ba­sis may in­clude cakes, pies, cook­ies, bis­cuits, mar­garine, cream­filled can­dies, fried fast foods, and dough­nuts.

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