FAQ: What are omega-6 fatty acids?

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Answer

Omega-6 fatty acids belong to an entirely different family of fatty acids than the omega-3 fatty acids. The main omega-6 fatty acid in the diet is linoleic acid, which is the essential omega-6 fatty acid, being required in the diet because our bodies do not make it. The main dietary sources of omega-6 fatty acids are vegetable oils like sunflower oil, corn oil and soybean oil and food products made with these oils.

 

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