I picked up this book on a whim a couple months ago because I was interested in learning more about trans fat vs. saturated fat. According to author Suzanne Havala Hobbs, Trans fat is simply hydrogen + vegetable oil. Main sources are “partially hydrogenated” oils… look for them in the ingredient lists of processed foods!
Trans fat raises blood LDL and lowers HDL, as well as causing general inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. So obviously we want to avoid this stuff! Limit your processed foods because Trans Fat is mostly found in vegetable shortening (Crisco, anyone?), fast food, and commercial baked good. Actually, it has been determined that there is no safe level of trans fat intake, so stay away from this stuff as much as possible by eating meals prepared at home.
Overall, this book was helpful but keep in mind that it was written over 10 years ago, so there is information about saturated fats that some experts now disagree with (which is why I have not included it in this review). But the sections about trans fat contain useful information and tips to help you avoid this harmful ingredient.