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AHA on trans fats

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Consumers should limit daily intake of trans fatty acids to less than one percent of energy a day in order to stay heart healthy and avoid cardiovascular events, the American Heart Association states in Diet & Lifestyle Recommendations published in the journal Circulation June 20. The specification of a limited amount of trans fatty acid marks the first time a major health organization has specified a recommended limit on consumption of the substance, which is found in partially hydrogenated oils and used in some packaged foods. AHA also recommends limiting saturated fats to no more than seven percent of daily calories, and incorporating the use of healthier oils into cooking. The guidelines do not recommend vitamin supplementation and advise consumption of essential nutrients through healthy eating...

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