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Today's Heart Tip: No Trans Fats

Melissa Geibel
Certified Medical Assistant
St. Luke’s Heart Rhythm Center
By Anna Fritz, Health and Wellness
February 26, 2014

Trans fats are so bad for you that the Food and Drug Administration is considering banning them from the American food supply. Also know as trans fatty acids, they raise your LDL "bad" cholesterol and lower your HDL "good" cholesterol, a dangerous combination that greatly increases your risk of blocked arteries, heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Trans fats are found in many processed foods and store-bought baked goods. Look on the label for "partially hydrogenated" vegetable oils, and just walk away.

Melissa's heart advice: “It’s important to have a healthy diet and to exercise daily.”  

Join us for a free heart seminar today in Jerome: Mediterranean Diet Cooking Class

St. Luke's cardiology experts are presenting seminars throughout February to bring you the knowledge you need to keep your heart—and your health—going strong. See the full schedule.

About The Author

Anna Fritz is a writer and editor with St. Luke’s Communications and Marketing.