About Trans Fats

By | Jul 19, 2007

1. The official term is Trans Fatty Acids and is a type of unsaturated fat. While naturally occurring, most of them are created as a side effect of partial hydrogenation of plant oils. Partial hydrogenation changes a fat’s molecular structure so that it raises its melting point and reduces rancidity.

2. About 100 years ago it was learned that liquid oils could be converted to solid fats by the process called hydrogenation. The procedure is hydrogen is added to the liquid oil gradually until it is harden.

3. Scientific evidence has shown that the consumption of trans fats can raise low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol). This increases the risk of coronary disease.

4. Beginning in January 2006 food manufacturers in the United States were required to list trans fats on their product labels. The requirement is to list trans fat on a separate line, under saturated fat. The FDA regulatory chemical definition for trans fatty acids is all unsaturated fatty acids that contain one or more isolated double bonds in a trans configuration.

5. There is an organization called Ban Trans Fats working towards banning the use of Trans Fats in America’s restaurant. Their website is bantransfats.com.

6. Tiburon California was the first American city to ban trans fats in the town’s restaurants. Tiburon is located on the San Francisco Bay and is near Sausalito. The City of New York followed and others are considering the ban.


Thank You for Reading

Leave a Comment

If you would like to make a comment, please fill out the form below.

Name (required)

Email (required)



WordPress Themes by DBT - Copyright © 2007-2017 6 Things To Consider. All Rights Reserved.