What is the difference between trans fat and saturated fat?
Asked by on Jan 13, 2009
Saturated fat occurs naturally in food, but trans fat is man made. Saturated fat is chemically bonded with the maximum number of hydrogen atoms it can hold. Trans fat is made to resemble saturated fat by adding hydrogen atoms to vegetable oil. The process, called hydrogenation, makes the fat solid and gives it a longer shelf life. Animal foods, such as full fat dairy products and fatty meats, have the most saturated fat. Trans fats are found in margarine and shortening, in deep-fat fried foods like donuts, and in baked goods like breads, crackers, ready-to-eat cereals, and cookies. In the body, trans fat contributes to disease just like saturated fat.