The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    What you need to know about trans fats

    I noticed there are lots of entries on this blog about trans fatty acids, but no summary of what they are or why they are harmful to your health.

    So, a summary of an FDA report is provided here.

    Why are trans fats bad?

    • Trans fat, as well as saturated fat, and dietary cholesterol raise low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad cholesterol,” levels, which increase the risk of heart disease.

    Where do trans fats come from?

    • Trans fats are made when manufacturers add hydrogen to vegetable oil in order to increase the shelf life and flavor stability of foods.

    How do fats differ?

    • Unsaturated fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) are beneficial when consumed in moderation.
    • Saturated and trans fats are not, because of their effect on cholesterol.
    • It’s best to choose foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.

    How does one lower the intake of trans fats?

    • Check the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels.
    • Choose food with lower amounts of saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.

    Now you know.

    10/31/06 09:19 JR

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