The Unhealthy Fats – Trans Fat
Trans fat comes in two forms: natural and artificial.
Trans fat is naturally found in meats, milk and butter, but the amount of naturally occurring trans fat that we include as part of our diet is minuscule.
Artificially made trans fat, on the other hand, is produced through a process called hydrogenation, where a liquid oil is turned into a solid fat. Trans fat is typically used in commercially processed foods and baked goods as it adds flavour and texture, and it extends the foods’ shelf life. Trans fat has gotten the reputation as the unhealthy fat due to its impact on affecting the heart health. Research has confirmed that trans fat has the ability to lower your good, HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol and raise your bad, LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels.
The good news is, as of September 17, 2018, Canada has banned the use of trans fat in foods sold in the country. Click here to read the news release from Health Canada.