Definition

Linoleic acid is an omega 6 fatty acid found primarily in plant sources, notably safflower, evening primrose, grape seed, sunflower, corn, and hemp oil.

Health considerations

Linoleic acid intake has been associated with improved cholesterol levels. When replacing saturated fats, linoleic acid intake is not associated with any significant increase in cancer risk. Linoleic acid-rich oils are also popular for cosmetic use for improvement of acne and as an anti-inflammatory agent. See: Omega-6 fatty acids

Keep in mind

Fatty acids are not consumed in isolation, studies of consumption of various oils or fat sources may provide differing evidence of health benefits and risks.

May be found in

Safflower oil, evening primrose oil, poppyseed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, hemp oil, corn oil, wheat germ oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, walnut oil, sesame oil, rice bran oil, argan oil, pistachio oil, peanut oil, chicken fat, canola oil, egg yolks, walnuts, sesame seeds, almonds, pistachios, peanuts

References

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology

Alternative Spellings and Names

18:2

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