European Journal of Nutrition

, Volume 52, Issue 4, pp 1289–1302 | Cite as

Trans-fatty acids, dangerous bonds for health? A background review paper of their use, consumption, health implications and regulation in France

  • Farid MenaaEmail author
  • Abder MenaaEmail author
  • Bouzid Menaa
  • Jacques Tréton



Trans-fatty acids (TFAs) can be produced either from bio-hydrogenation in the rumen of ruminants or by industrial hydrogenation. While most of TFAs’ effects from ruminants are poorly established, there is increasing evidence that high content of industrial TFAs may cause deleterious effects on human health and life span.

Material and methods

Indeed, several epidemiological and experimental studies strongly suggest that high content of most TFA isomers could represent a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases by a mechanism that lowers the “good HDL cholesterol” and raises the “bad LDL cholesterol.”


With respect to the general precautionary principle and considering the existence of an international policy consensus regarding the need for public health action, some industrialized countries, such as France, are still not sufficiently involved in preventive strategies that aim to efficiently reduce TFAs content and TFAs consumption and produce alternative healthier fat sources.


In this manuscript, we provide an overview about TFAs origins, their use and consumption among French population. We also discuss their potential human health implications as well as the preventive and regulatory measures undertaken in France.


Trans-fatty acids Health complications Preventive medicine Nutrition Regulatory affairs French populations 



Agence Française Sanitaire et Sociale des Aliments


Silver nitrate thin-layer chromatography


Conjugated linoleic acid


Docosahexaenoic acid


Eicosapentaenoic acid


Fatty acid


Food and Drug Administration


Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy–attenuated total reflection


Gas chromatography


Gram per day


Low-density lipoprotein


High-density lipoprotein


High-pressure liquid chromatography


Mono-unsaturated fatty acid


Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils


Poly-unsaturated fatty acid


Saturated fatty acid


Trans-fatty acid


Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Food Sciences and TechnologyFluorotronics, Inc.San DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Nutrition, Aesthetic and Anti-Aging MedicineCentre Médical Des GuittièresSaint-Philbert de Grand lieuFrance
  3. 3.Centre de Recherches des CordeliersUniversité Paris V-René Descartes, UMRS INSERM U872ParisFrance

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