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Watch Out for Trans Fats

separator We often hear that eating too much saturated fat, such as that found in butter, can contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels. But you need to avoid trans fats too. A recent study showed that trans fats, which are found in many fried and processed foods (fast food is often high in trans fats), may be even worse for the heart than saturated fat.

Participants in the study spent four weeks eating a diet comprising 9.2 percent of calories from trans fats, then spend four weeks eating 9.2 percent saturated fats. Results showed that after four weeks of the high trans fat diet compared with the saturated fat diet, the heart's blood vessel function was reduced, as was the amount of HDL, or good cholesterol.

It's a good bet that the French fries, fried chicken, fried fish and hamburgers served in many fast food restaurants are high in trans fats.

Source:
Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 2001; 21, 1233.



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