Many foods no longer contain trans fats, or partially hydrogenated oils. Trans fats are bad for your health, raising your LDL "bad" cholesterol and increasing your risk of other health problems. To avoid trans fats in foods, read food labels and choose healthier options with fewer or no trans fats. The FDA is trying to ban artificial trans fats completely in the United States. Until then, find out how to identify trans fats and eat better foods.
What exactly are trans fats? How are they made? How bad are they, really? And just how solid is the science that the FDA consulted when they voted to list trans fats on nutrition labels? To get to the bottom of these and other questions about trans fats, WebMD spoke to leading nutritionists.