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J.Health Sci., 48(1), 7-13, 2002


Trans Fatty Acids: Properties, Benefits and Risks

Masanori Semma*

Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mukogawa Womenユs University, 11-68, Koshien Kyubancho, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 663-8179, Japan

Trans fatty acids have several beneficial aspects for processed foods owing to their characteristic structures. These very characteristic structures, in turn, have been suspected to be associated with the possibility that trans fatty acids affect the development of several health problems, including coronary heart disease, and fetal and infant neurodevelopment and growth, and childhood allergies.