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What are hydrogenated fats?

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Hydrogenated fats are liquid vegetable oils made creamy when manufacturers convert some of the unsaturated fats into saturated ones through a process called "hydrogenation." This process also rearranges the molecular shape of the remaining unsaturated fats. The resulting shape is an abnormal "trans" shape.

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Facts About Blood Cholesterol."

Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2013): "2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults."

United State Department of Agriculture: Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Facts About Blood Cholesterol."

Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2013): "2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults."

United State Department of Agriculture: Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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