Heart disease is the leading cause of death in New York City. Trans fat increases your risk of heart disease by increasing 'bad' cholesterol (LDL) and decreasing 'good' cholesterol (HDL). Trans fat is restricted in New York City restaurants. To further avoid unhealthy trans fat, check the Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods to choose those with 0 grams trans fat and avoid products that list 'partially hydrogenated [vegetable] oil' in the ingredients list.
Trans fat consumption raises LDL cholesterol and increases risk of heart disease. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend trans fat intake be kept as low as possible. If a product contains partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, it contains artificial trans fat.