Q&A: What are trans fats, and why are they bad for the health?

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Q: What are trans fats, and why are they bad for the health?

A: Trans fats, also known as trans fatty acids (the name is derived from their chemical structure), are found in certain foods that are proven to increase levels of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, known as “bad cholesterol.” This tends to block arteries and can cause heart disease, the No. 1 killer in America.

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