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Health Tip: Understanding Trans Fats

Why they're so heart unhealthy

(HealthDay News) -- Trans fats, also called hydrogenated fats, are man-made compounds that are made from processed liquid oils. These harmful fats will raise bad cholesterol, and could lower a person's good cholesterol levels.

Because these fats are so thick and stiff, they can also clog up arteries and blood vessels, which can lead to heart attack or stroke, says the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Trans fats are commonly found in processed foods such as potato chips, cookies, doughnuts, cakes and many fast foods. You can avoid trans fats by choosing natural, healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grain breads and cereals. Check ingredient labels for hydrogenated fats, and try to avoid those foods.

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