Trans Fats Raise Harmful Cholesterol Levels

The German Nutrition Society has warned of the dangers of trans fats on heart health, as they increase levels of harmful LDL cholesterol and decrease levels of good HDL cholesterol, thereby raising the risk of heart and vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and heart attacks.

The society explained that trans fats are formed when vegetable oils are hydrogenated to convert them into solid fats, pointing out that foods containing them include margarine and fast food items such as fried potatoes and fried chicken.

Trans fats are also found in ready-made meals, such as frozen pizza, and manufactured baked goods like doughnuts, croissants, sweets, and snacks like potato chips.

To maintain heart health, it is advisable to reduce your intake of foods containing trans fats as much as possible, while increasing consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grain products, and nuts. Additionally, try to adopt healthy habits such as regular exercise and physical activities, while avoiding smoking.

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