Trans fats occur naturally in small amounts in red meat and dairy products. They are also created when vegetable oils are processed to create solid fats, like margarine and spreads. In the past, these manufactured fats – known as hydrogenated fats – were widely used in foods like cakes, biscuits, spreads, pastries and pies, as well as in many takeaway outlets. Like saturated fats, these types of fats aren’t good news for our heart health, as they increase our LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol levels.
Thankfully most food companies have now removed hydrogenated fats from their products and so most of us don’t eat a lot of trans fats. If a food contains trans fats, you will see the words “hydrogenated fat/oil” or “partially hydrogenated fat/oil” in the list of ingredients on pack, so it’s best to avoid these foods as much as possible.
All of Benecol foods contain no hydrogenated fat or oil and so are virtually trans fats free.