As part of a heart-healthy diet, avoid trans fat and limit saturated fat in your diet.
Trans fat is found in many processed
foods, such as cookies, crackers, snack foods, and other processed foods made
with shortening, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, or hydrogenated
vegetable oils, including some margarines and salad dressings.
Food producers list the amount of trans fat on nutrition labels.
Trans fat, like saturated fat, raises the levels of LDL ("bad" or
low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in the blood and increases the risk for
coronary artery disease. Trans fat also lowers HDL
("good" or high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in the blood. Doctors
recommend avoiding trans fat in the diet as much as possible.
Trans fat also occurs naturally in foods such as meat and milk. By choosing
fat-free or 1% dairy products, lean meats, fish, and skinless poultry, you can
easily stay within the recommended limit for both trans and saturated fat
Primary Medical Reviewer
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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