Definition: Type of fat formed by partial hydrogenation of vegetable oils that has been shown to be bad for your health. Trans-fats raise LDL cholesterol, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Trans-fats are found in shortening, hard stick margarine, cookies, crackers, and snack foods made with partially hydrogenated oil.
Most of trans-fats are man-made. However, a small amount of naturally occurring trans-fat is found in animal products. Be sure to read the food labels when you shop because some foods that claim to be trans-fat free but still contain partially hydrogenated oils.
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