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What Is Conjugated Linoleic Acid, CLA?

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.

Unlike most other trans fatty acids, CLA may have beneficial effects on human health.

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 🗗)

Where To Find Conjugated Linoleic Acid

If you are interested in a list of foods where you can find this nutrient. Go to our nutrition tool and check out conjugated linoleic acid .

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