Trans Fat Definition Nutrition. Trans fats are found naturally in very small amounts in some meat and dairy products. Trans fatty acids are found in vegetable shortening and in some margarine crackers cookies and snack foods.
Trans fats are a type of fatty acid. Your body relies on healthy fats like poly- and monounsaturated fats found in things like fish avocado and nuts to create hormones produce energy and absorb certain nutrients. They also lower HDL good cholesterol.
Its often used in cooking and baking.
Shortening is any type of fat that is solid at room temperature. Trans fat also called trans fatty acid or partially hydrogenated fat fat produced from the industrial process of hydrogenation in which molecular hydrogen H 2 is added to vegetable oil thereby converting liquid fat to semisolid fat. Trans fats raise LDL bad cholesterol and make you more likely to get heart disease. Trans fats are produced during the hydrogenation of vegetable oils.