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April 1999 Issue

Trans-Action: How to Detect and Subtract This Hidden Fat

Trans fats are a sinister presence in packaged foods. What makes them so nefarious? They are as bad, if not worse, for your heart than saturated fats because they pack a double whammy by raising so-called "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoproteins or LDL's), while lowering "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoproteins or HDL's). Trans fatty acids occur naturally in certain foods-mostly meat and dairy products-but this accounts for only a small percentage of the trans

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