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Nutrition Dictionary

  • Trans fat

    Trans fat occurs naturally in low levels in some animal foods such as dairy products. Commercially baked or fried foods can be a major source of trans fat, depending on the type of fat used in their manufacture. Trans fats are unsaturated fats that have had their structure changed through the process of hydrogenation and like saturated fats are considered a ‘bad’ type of fat as they have been shown to raise blood cholesterol levels.

  • Triglycerides

    Triglycerides are the most common form of fat found in the body and are a major source of energy. They come from the food that we eat and can also be made in the body. High levels of triglycerides in the blood increases the risk of heart disease.

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