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Trans Fat ISB 208L Paper #1 - Kevin McElmurry A39406939...

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Kevin McElmurry A39406939 Watch Out for Trans Fats People have always told me that they cannot believe the types of trans fat foods I eat. They would say that even though you can eat whatever you want and not gain a pound, does not mean you should not have to watch what you eat. This discussion got me thinking about the type of food intake I was eating and its health risks. Trans fats are fats produced by heating liquid vegetable oils in the presence of hydrogen. This process is known as hydrogenation. Most of the trans fats in the American diet and mine too are found in commercially prepared baked goods, margarines, “junk” foods, and processed foods. Commercially prepared fried foods, like French fries and onion rings, also contain a great deal of trans fat. According to the American Heart Association, trans fats can damage the healthy balance of a person's cholesterol levels (Woolston, 1). Trans fats enhance LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. This is the type that can clog arteries and cause atherosclerosis. Trans fats can also reduce the levels of HDL cholesterol, the
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