What are trans fats?Created by:
I am particularly referring to the artificial trans fats wherein hydrogen is added to the liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. These are manufactured in industrial establishments, and companies prefer them because they are easy to use, less expensive to produce, and have longer shelf life. These fats are used in preparing foods, such as cookies, doughnuts, frozen pizza, stick margarine, pie crusts, crackers, pastries, and fried foods. What is alarming is that when foods rich in trans fats are taken most of the time, it will lead to the reduction of the “good” cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) and increase in the “bad” ones (LDL-cholesterol), leading to the development of cardiovascular problems. Thus, it is necessary to advise our patients to look closely at the “Nutrition Facts” of every packed product that they buy, and examine the “list of ingredients”. Look at the quantities of trans fats which were used in the products. As much as possible, it should contain nothing! In addition, if “partially hydrogenated oil” is listed as one of the ingredients, then the food product contains trans fats.