Nutrient Information: Fatty acids, total trans

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Nutrient Key Information 
Nutrient Name: Fatty acids, total trans
Nutrient Category: Fats and Fatty Acids (Lipids)
Unit Name: g
Nutrient Summary: Trans fat is not essential in the diet, it has no health benefit, instead, it has detrimental health effects, such as increasing blood cholesterol.
Nutrient Function: Trans fat has no health benefit, instead, it is associated with increased blood levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol.

Milk and some meat products have small amount of trans-fatty acids. However, usually trans fat is formed artificially during food processing in manufacturing called "partial hydrogenation". This process adds hydrogens to liquid form monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fatty acids to make them more saturated solid form and also more resistant to oxidation (longer shelf-life).


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Food Sources

• Small amount in some animal products, such as dairy products, beef, and lamb.
• Traditional stick margarine and vegetable shortenings that have been partially hydrogenated.
• Artificially added to baked goods, coffee creamer, ready-to-use frostings, and snack foods.

Sample Foods High in: Fatty acids, total trans
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Food Description Nutrient Amount1 Daily Value%2
Margarine, regular, 80% fat, composite, stick, without salt
Category: Fats and Oils
14.89 g
Beef, rib eye steak, bone-in, lip-on, separable lean and fat, trimmed to 1/8" fat, all grades, cooked, grilled
Category: Beef Products
1.629 g
Frankfurter, beef, unheated
Category: Sausages and Luncheon Meats
1.59 g
Cheese, cheddar, sharp, sliced
Category: Dairy and Egg Products
1.179 g
Cheese, cream
Category: Dairy and Egg Products
1.173 g
1 Nutrient amount is in 100 gram food
2 Use FDA 2000 calorie diet as Daily Value reference



Additional Nutrient Information
Nutrient Summary Trans fat is not essential in the diet, it has no health benefit, instead, it has detrimental health effects, such as increasing blood cholesterol.
Effects if Above Upper Limit High Trans Fat intake may increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
External References Learn more by reading The National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine publication: Dietary Reference Intakes
or explore US FDA Website: Interactive Nutrition Facts Label - Trans Fat



Dietary Reference Intakes The nutrient Dietary Reference Intakes and nutrition facts is from Institute of Medicine of National Academies 2006. Dietary Reference Intakes: The Essential Guide to Nutrient Requirements. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11537
US FDA Nutrition Education Nutrition facts knowledge are based on U.S. FOOD & DRUG Administration Nutrition Education Resources & Materials. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/interactivenutritionfactslabel/
National Institutes of Health Nutrition facts knowledge are based on National Institutes of Health Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-all
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