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What Are Trans-Fats?

Trans-fats are bad news for arteries!

Trans-fats are mainly contained in solid or semi-solid margarines, as well as commercial cooking oils that are used to produce many processed foods.

Liquid oils go through a process called hydrogenation, whereby each molocule of oil has several hydrogen atoms added to it. This makes the oil solid and less likely to become rancid. Unfortunately, the trans-fats that are created by this process are very bad for our health because they raise cholesterol levels.

The only way to avoid trans-fats is to study food labels carefully and avoid foods that include “hydrogenated fat” and “partially hydrogenated fat”.

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