Trans fats are primarily created through hydrogenation, a process that turns liquid oils into solids like hard margarine and shortening. Some animal-based foods have small amounts of naturally occurring trans fats.
Trans fat can increase cholesterol levels the same way as saturated fat.
Current as of: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2020 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.