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The Good Trans Fat

Will one family of animal fats become a medicine?

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3:41pm, March 2, 2001

Over the past 4 years, a new and surprising dietary supplement has been edging its way onto the shelves of health-food stores. Known as CLA, it's a mixture of trans fats, compounds usually associated with raising the concentration of cholesterol in people's blood. The acronym, for conjugated linoleic acid, signifies that the fats in CLA are unusual forms of the essential nutrient linoleic acid.

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