Trans fats, found in hydrogenated oils and shortenings and some animal sources, have been used since the first part of the last century in manufacturing as a replacement for saturated fats. Although they impart crispness, creaminess, stability, and flavor to many common foods, trans fats are earning a reputation in some circles as a secret killer, responsible for increasing blood cholesterol levels and causing premature death.

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