Trans Fats (also, see Unsaturated Fatty Acid)

Unhealthy types of fat that may increase the risk of developing AMD.

Trans fats are unhealthy types of fat that may increase the risk of developing AMD. These are chemically-modified fats that increase the shelf life of the products to which they are added (to prevent the products from going "rancid"). The FDA now requires that companies list the amount of trans fats in their product on food labels. However, 0 grams of trans fats means that there are less than 0.5 grams per serving. If the label says that there are 0 grams trans fats, but the ingredients list that there are "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" fats or oils, then there are trans fats in the product (just less than 0.5 g per serving). Please consult with your personal physician and ophthalmologist before making any nutritional or lifestyle changes, as your personal health situation may require monitoring or a non-typical approach.