Not Less Trans Enough

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Trans fat is put in processed foods to increase shelf life and stabilize flavor, but it also increases cholesterol, which raises the risk of heart disease, which is a good reason to cut trans fat.

At the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Dr. Mary Ann Honors checked how people are doing on reducing trans fat. The researcher looked at 30 years of data on more than 12,000 Minneapolis-St. Paul residents ages 25 to 74.

“While we saw a significant decline in trans fat consumption over time, data from the most recent survey period indicate that both men and women are still consuming more trans fat than is recommended.”

The study in the Journal of the American Heart Association was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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