Trans fat is created when a liquid vegetable oil is made into a solid fat, like margarine or shortening. Trans fat increases your risk of heart disease by raising "bad" cholesterol and lowering "good" cholesterol at the same time.
A fact sheet is available to learn about:
Top 5 Things You Need to Know about Trans Fat
5 Ways to Avoid Trans Fat and Eat Well
The Trans Fat fact sheet is available in the following languages:
Board of Health report: Reducing Artificial Trans Fat in Toronto (July 2011)
This 2011 report advocates that the federal government follow through on its proposed national regulation to virtually eliminate trans fat from the Canadian food supply. The report summarizes Toronto Public Health's efforts to monitor progress in artificial trans fat elimination in Toronto institutions and its outreach to the public on this important public health issue. It also provides an update on trans fat reduction efforts in other jurisdictions.
Board of Health report: The Regulation of Trans Fat in the Canadian Food Supply (March 2007) (PDF)
In a report for the Board of Health, Toronto Public Health is urging Health Canada to regulate trans fat in the Canadian food supply. Toronto Public Health is also working with various city-run facilities such as child care centres and cafeterias, as well as school boards, to request that they voluntarily reduce trans fat in foods prepared, served and sold on site.