Small quantities of trans fats occur naturally in some meat and dairy products, but most are produced artificially by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oil. Trans fats (also known as trans fatty acids) are often added to foods to add texture, flavor and to prolong the shelf life. Many foods, such as doughnuts, biscuits, cookies and crackers, contain trans fats.
According to the American Heart Association, “Trans fats raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Eating trans fats increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. It’s also associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”
Read the ingredient label to ensure the food you eat does not contain any trans fats. Avoid anything with “partially hydrogenated oils.”