FAQ: Does flaxseed contain trans fat?

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Answer

Trans fat increases the risk of heart disease and should be avoided. Trans fat is created when liquid vegetable oils are made into solid fats by a process called hydrogenation. Hydrogenated oils are often used in processed foods because they improve the taste and texture of the food and help keep the food fresher for longer. Flaxseed oil may contain a very tracer level of natural trans fats that do not cause heart disease (as associated with synthetic trans fatty acids).  Most of the fat in flaxseed is polyunsaturated, including the heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid.  

 

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