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Trans fat also called trans unsaturated fatty acids or trans fatty acids is a type of unsaturated fat that occurs in small amounts in nature but became widely produced industrially from vegetable fats starting in the 1950s for use in margarine snack food packaged baked goods and for frying fast foodtrans fat is considered by many doctors to be the worst type of fat you can eat unlike other dietary fats trans fat also called trans fatty acids both raises your ldl bad cholesterol and lowers your hdl good cholesterol a diet laden with trans fat increases your risk of heart disease the leading killer of men and womenartificial trans fats or trans fatty acids are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid the primary dietary source for trans fats in processed food is partially hydrogenated oils look for them on the ingredient list on food packagestrans fatty acids are manufactured fats created during a process called hydrogenation which is aimed at stabilizing polyunsaturated oils to prevent them from becoming rancid and to keep them solid at room temperature they may be particularly dangerous for heart health and may pose a risk for trans fatty acids added to processed foods decades ago as a substitute for saturated fat turn out to be worse for cardiovascular health than saturated fat we should all try to avoid ingesting trans fatty acids and other forms of industrially processed fat mainly by avoiding processed foods as much as possible

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