Did you know that many of your favorite baked goods contain a dangerous substance called trans fat? It’s true; margarine, cakes, cookies, and even breakfast cereal can give you an unhealthy dose of this harmful fat.

Why is trans fat so bad for you? Unlike heart-healthy unsaturated fat, trans fats actually clog your arteries, raise your bad cholesterol, and lower your good cholesterol level. This triple-whammy is responsible for thousands of heart attacks each year. In fact, trans fats are so dangerous that experts predict the health care industry would save $56 billion over the next 20 years if trans fats were eliminated from all foods.

You can protect yourself from trans fats by reading the labels of the food you buy. If you see margarine or hydrogenated oil on the ingredient list, the food contains trans fat.

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