Consuming Trans Fats Increases Your Heart Disease Risk
Trans fats raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and lower HDL (good) cholesterol. Consuming trans fats increases your heart disease risk. Daily trans fat intake should be less than 1% of your total calorie intake.
Sources - chips, cookies, crackers, vegetable shortening, commercial baked goods, French fries, fried chicken, doughnuts, pastries, pie crusts, biscuits, pizza dough, and stick margarines.
Look at the Nutrition Fact Panel on products. If you see the words "partially hydrogenated vegetable oils" in the ingredient list, then the product contains trans fats. As of January 2006, companies are required to list trans fat content on the nutrition fact panel.