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Trans Fat is a Hidden Hazard

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Experts blame trans fats for at least 30,000 premature deaths a year. Experts now say trans fats are "the biggest food processing disaster in U.S. history".

Trans Fat is a Hidden Hazard

Trans fat is created during a process called hydrogenation, where vegetable oils are turned into a more solid shortening by adding hydrogen molecules.

Trans fat is also commonly used in fast food restaurants because it stands up well to heat in deep frying and can be used for longer periods of time.

Trans fat raises levels of LDL-harmful-cholesterol and elevates blood cholesterol levels in the same way as saturated fat.

At least 30,000 fewer Americans would die each year from coronary heart disease if trans fatty acids -- also known as trans fat -- in foods were replaced with unsaturated vegetable oil, according to a study by scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Where Trans Fats Lurk:

Vegetable OilHere's where artificial trans are found, based on Food and Drug Administration data:*

  • 51 percent in baked goods (breads, cakes, cookies, crackers, pies)
  • 22 percent in margarines
  • 10 percent in fried potatoes
  • 6 percent in potato chips, corn chips
  • 5 percent in shortening
  • 4 percent in salad dressing
  • 1 percent in breakfast cereals

*Total is not 100 percent due to rounding

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