In Brief: Trans fat, au naturel

In Brief

Trans fat, au naturel

Published: July, 2008

Trans fat is a certifiable nutritional bad guy. It lowers "good" HDL cholesterol and raises the "bad" LDL variety. Boston, once infamous for banning books, has now joined New York City and other municipalities by banning trans fat from its restaurants. Many food makers have stopped using trans fat as an ingredient, for public health and PR reasons.

But there's some "natural" trans fat in meat and dairy products that these bans won't touch. Should we be worried about it? Probably not.

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