Trans fat is observed in the unfavorable type of fat you can eat. Trans fat also called trans-fatty acids raises your bad cholesterol and also lowers your good cholesterol.
The more trans fat you eat, the greater your risk of heart disease.
Here are some things about trans fat and how to avoid it.
What is trans fat?
Most trans fat is formed in an industrial process that adds some hydrogen to vegetable oil, which causes the oil to become solid at room temperature. This hydrogenated oil is less likely to spoil, so foods made with it have a longer shelf life. Some restaurants use hydrogenated vegetable oil in their deep fryers because it doesn’t have to be changed as often as do other oils. Some meat and dairy products have some small amount of naturally occurring trans fat.
Trans fat in your food
The manufactured form of trans fat, known as hydrogenated oil, may be found in a variety of food products, including these foods.
Baked goods, such as cakes, cookies
Biscuits and rolls
Fried foods, including french fries, and fried chicken
How trans fat harms you
Doctors worry about added trans fat because it increases the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Trans fat also has a harmful effect on your cholesterol levels.
There are two main types of cholesterol:
- LDL (Low-density lipoprotein), or bad cholesterol can build up in the walls of your arteries, making them hard and narrow.
- HDL (High-density lipoprotein), or good cholesterol picks up excess cholesterol and takes it back to your liver.
So trans fat increases your LDL cholesterol and decrease your HDL cholesterol.