Trans fatty acids (or trans fat) are found in processed foods such as vegetable shortening, crackers, cookies, snack foods and fried foods. According to FDA it is important to know about trans fat because there is a direct, proven relationship between diets high in trans fat content and LDL cholesterol levels and, therefore, an increased risk of coronary heart disease. By January 2006 all U.S. food companies will have to label trans fat content on their nutritional fact panels.
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