Are all trans fats created equal

23 September 2015        

An image of some foods that are high in unsaturated fats A paper published in the European Heart Journal has examined whether the health risk posed by different kind of trans fats is equal.

Victoria Taylor Senior Dietitian at the British Heart Foundation said: "Trans fats are associated with raised LDL cholesterol levels, a risk factor for heart and circulatory disease, and the findings of the study continue to support this. In the UK we already consume, on average, less than the 2% recommended maximum of our food energy from trans fats. 

"Our intakes have reduced mainly due to a reduction in industrially produced trans-fat as a result of reformulation by the food industry. This means that most of our intake comes from natural sources like meat and milk. Although it may be the case that not all trans fats behave in the same way, this does not mean that we should be eating more than we are now or that our recommendations necessarily need to change. 

"Additional research is needed, as well as consideration of any changes in the context of the diet as a whole to ensure a benefit to our overall risk of heart and circulatory disease."

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