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Dietary intakes and food sources of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Barbara J Meyer, Neil J Mann, Janine L Lewis, Greg C Milligan, Andrew J Sinclair, Peter RC Howe

Lipids | Published : 2003

Abstract

Both n-6 and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are recognized as essential nutrients in the human diet, yet reliable data on population intakes are limited. The aim of the present study was to ascertain the dietary intakes and food sources of individual n-6 and n-3 PUFA in the Australian population. An existing database with fatty acid composition data on 1690 foods was updated with newly validated data on 150 foods to estimate the fatty acid content of foods recorded as eaten by 10,851 adults in the 1995 Australian National Nutrition Survey. Average daily intakes of linoleic (LA), arachidonic (AA), alpha-linolenic (LNA), eicosapentaenoic (EPA), docosapentaenoic (DPA), and docosahexaeno..

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