One Key to heart health is the type of fat you eat. A quick guide Trans Fat: Just say No

Trans Fats, also called trans fatty acids, are best avoided because they raise blood low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels (the bad type) and the lower high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the good type). This in turn can adversely affect artery structure and function, leading to heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Trans fats are used largely in processed foods to add flavor, texture and a longer shelf life. Found in baked goods, like cookies, cakes and crackers; pizza crust; stick margarine; and vegetable shortening. To identify trans fats, search food labels for the words “partially hydrogenated oils.”