Trans fat sends both your good and bad cholesterol levels in the wrong direction. It's used in baked goods, snack foods, shortening, margarine, and fried foods. Check the ingredients for "partially hydrogenated oil," which is another name for trans fats.
Little or none is best when it comes to trans fats. For example, a woman eating 2,000 calories a day -- who doesn't exercise much -- should aim for less than 2 grams of trans fats.