Cholesterol/LipidsDiabetes MellitusTrans Fats

Replacing trans fats? Be careful what you use

Research conducted in Malaysia and at Brandeis University shows that a new method of modifying fat in commercial products to replace unhealthy trans fats actually raises blood sugar levels and lowers insulin in humans — common precursors to diabetes.

Oh yea, one more thing.

Like trans fats, it adversely lowered the blood concentrations of HDL “good” cholesterol.

That’s not good.

This study doesn’t claim that it’s impossible to replace trans fats. You just have to be careful what you use.

The results are published here in Nutrition and Metabolism, and a more readable article is here.

1/20/07 21:45 JR

Hi, I’m JR

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.