Learn more about what’s in your food to make sure you’re eating healthy. Besides sodium, watch for the amount and type of fats you consume.
Trans fats are artificial ingredients. The process used to make trans fats changes the structure of vegetable oil, l turning it from a liquid to a solid. In your blood, trans fats raise your "bad" cholesterol and lower your "good" cholesterol, increase levels of fatty substances that raise the risk of heart disease, and promote inflammation. Many organizations such as the Institute of Medicine and the American Heart Association recommend that daily intake of trans fats be as low as possible. Watch for trans fats in prepackaged foods, baked goods, and margarine. Look for items with zero or less than 0.5 mg of trans fat on the nutrition facts label.