Our food advice columnist tells you what trans-fat-filled foods to avoid – and busts a prevalent myth!
One of the simplest explanations of trans fatty acids comes from On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, by Harold McGee. “Trans fatty acids are unsaturated fatty acids that nevertheless behave more like saturated fatty acids,” he writes. In other words, just like the saturated fats in meat, butter, and cheese, for instance, trans fats raise your “bad” cholesterol (LDL). They also complicate matters by simultaneously lowering your “good” cholesterol (HDL). Trans fat molecules are pesky little things; they hang around in your body’s arteries, just waiting to give your heart the what for. They also trigger inflammation, which is implicated in a host of chronic diseases and conditions.
Via PAT NOVAK