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What Is Conjugated Linoleic Acid, CLA (18:2) & What Foods Can I Find It In?

Conjugated linoleic acid, CLA, 18:2, is both a trans fatty acid and a cis fatty acid. It’s a collective term that describes different isomers of linoleic acid with conjugated double bonds.

Conjugated linoleic acid is a polyunsaturated conjugated fatty acid.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid, Recognized As Safe

Conjugated linoleic acid, CLA, is a family of at least 28 isomers of linoleic acid found mostly in the meat and dairy products derived from ruminants.

In 2008, the United States Food and Drug Administration categorized CLA as generally recognized as safe. CLA is sold as a dietary supplement based on its supposed health benefits. (source )

Studies suggest that the naturally occurring form of CLA can decrease the growth of Staphylococcus aureus. (source )

Conjugated linoleic acid, CLA may have beneficial effects on human health.

Foods You Can Find Conjugated Linoleic Acid, CLA (18:2) In

You find Conjugated Linoleic Acid, CLA (18:2) mostly in lamb, veal, and game, beef, and dairy and egg products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Lamb
  • Lamb Seam Fat
  • Beef Fat
  • Chuck Under Blade Steak
  • Chuck Mock Tender Steak

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Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.