Trans Fat

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Trans fats are a type of mostly man-made fat that the food industry loves, but our hearts and blood vessels dont. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about trans fats in the 60 Second Housecall.

Trans fats are a type of fatty acid, which are a source of energy for your body. Fatty acids come from fruit and vegetable oils, seeds, nuts, animal fats and fish oils.

Not all fatty acids are unhealthy but some, such as trans fats, can be bad for you. Trans fats may increase the level of bad cholesterol in your body and decrease the levels of good cholesterol. Studies have found that eating more trans fats is linked to a higher risk of heart disease.

Margarines, shortening, crackers, cookies, chips, salad dressings and fried foods may be made with trans fats. Many foods from fast food restaurants also have high levels of trans fats.

You should add more fruits and vegetables to your diet in place of some packaged foods. You should also read food labels carefully. Food labels must list trans fats, total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends that no more than 1 percent of your total calories come from trans fats.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.