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Millions of Europeans Still at Risk from High Trans Fatty Acid Content in Popular Foods

(Science Daily) The heart health of millions of Europeans is still at risk because of the persistently high trans fatty acid content of certain fast and convenience foods, indicates research…
While the overall TFA fat content of foods has fallen, few European countries have imposed any legal limits, meaning that it is perfectly possible to buy certain packaged and restaurant foods which still contain very high levels, say the authors.
Trans fatty acids (TFA) are primarily produced by the industrial hydrogenation of vegetable oils, a process that solidifies them and helps to prolong the shelf life of the baked goods in which they are used.
But previous research, which analysed data from four large studies, indicates that a daily intake of TFA of 5g was associated with a 23% increased risk of coronary heart disease.
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