Trans fat is a generic name for an unsaturated fat that contains transisomer fatty acid. A trans fat can be either monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. Most trans fats are industrially made. Unlike dietary fats, trans fats are neither essential to human health nor easily used by your body. Hopefully, after reading this article, you will understand why trans fats should be considered enemy #1.
Most trans fats consumed are created in the process known as partial hydorgenation of plant oils. This process was discovered at the turn of the 20th century and was first used commercially in the United States in Crisco. The ultimate goal of partial hydrogenation is to increase the melting point of the oils. This makes them more attractive for bakers and increases the shelf life of the product. Conjugated linoleic acid and vaccinia acid are two trans fats that are naturally occurring in meat and milk. It is thought that trans fats are carried from mother to child by breast milk…. Read More »