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What is the difference between unsaturated fats and trans fats?

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Dr. Ira Katz
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: A Chemistry Lesson

All fats are made up of something called glycerol with three "fatty esters," chains of carbon (C) & hydrogen (H).
Unsaturated fats do not have a H attached to each open C and therefore unsaturated. They are usually liquid (oil) at room temp. Trans fats are mostly man made from unsaturated fats by adding more H's to make semisolid fats. They are now known to increase the risk of heart disease.

In brief: A Chemistry Lesson

All fats are made up of something called glycerol with three "fatty esters," chains of carbon (C) & hydrogen (H).
Unsaturated fats do not have a H attached to each open C and therefore unsaturated. They are usually liquid (oil) at room temp. Trans fats are mostly man made from unsaturated fats by adding more H's to make semisolid fats. They are now known to increase the risk of heart disease.
Dr. Ira Katz
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Dr. Ira Katz
See a very good nutritional explanation by Dr. Krishna Kumar. When they started making these, the intention was good, since unsaturated fats seem to be beneficial the thought was make something in between saturated and unsaturated fats and it at least won't hurt.
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry
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In brief: Unhealthy Fats

Unsaturated fats are in salmon, trout herring, avocados, olives, walnuts and olive oil.
They help improve blood Cholesterol. Trans fats raise bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower good (HDL) Cholesterol levels causing increased risk of heart disease. They are in doughnuts, cookies, crackers, muffins, pies, cakes, fried fast food, Avoid Trans fats See Physician for Healthy Diet for your Heart!

In brief: Unhealthy Fats

Unsaturated fats are in salmon, trout herring, avocados, olives, walnuts and olive oil.
They help improve blood Cholesterol. Trans fats raise bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower good (HDL) Cholesterol levels causing increased risk of heart disease. They are in doughnuts, cookies, crackers, muffins, pies, cakes, fried fast food, Avoid Trans fats See Physician for Healthy Diet for your Heart!
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