HEALTH MATTERS: Get the skinny on trans-fatty acids
Mary Ann Yantis RN, PhD
Robyn Velander RD, LD, CNSD

December 2007 
Volume 37  Number 12
Pages 26 - 27
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Yantis, Mary Ann RN, PhD; Velander, Robyn RD, LD, CNSD

Mary Ann Yantis is an associate professor of nursing at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University in Dallas, Tex., and her daughter Robyn Velander is a clinical dietitian at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore.

WHAT'S THE BEEF about trans-fatty acids (TFAs)? A daily intake of 5 grams of TFA corresponds to a 30% increase in coronary heart disease (CHD) risk. 1 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines now require TFA content to be listed on food and dietary supplement labels in the United States because the evidence is overwhelming that diets high in TFAs can significantly damage health. 2 Adding TFA content to the nutrition label may prevent hundreds of deaths per year and save billions of dollars in medical costs, lost productivity, pain, and suffering. 3

In this article, we'll focus on exactly what TFAs are, where they're found, ...

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