The one thing you should cut out of your diet completely
The INSIDER Summary:
Trans fat increases your LDL cholesterol, and significantly raises the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Artificial trans fat is typically found in packaged foods like baked goods and snacks, as well as restaurant food.
It's made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil, therefore creating partially hydrogenated oil.
The FDA is making an effort to eliminate trans fat by banning it in certain cities, counties, and states.
Take a look at any nutrition label, and you'll be faced with two kinds of fats: saturated and trans.
While neither of these are the kinds of healthy fats found in foods like nuts and avocados (those are monounsaturated fats), one of them is particularly dangerous — trans fat.
This is the kind of fat that the New York Times recently referred to as "the worst fat in the food supply." That's because it significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, more specifically strokes, heart attacks, and sudden cardiac deaths.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that upping the number of calories from trans fat in your diet by just 2% can lead to a 29% increase in the chances of coronary heart disease.
It's also known to raise your LDL cholesterol (the bad kind of cholesterol), and lower your HDL cholesterol (the good kind).