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What Are trans-Polyenoic Fatty Acids?

trans-polyenoic fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids. Hydrogenation of unsaturated vegetable oils is high in polyunsaturated trans fatty acids.

Industrial hydrogenation of vegetable oils is largely the main source of trans fatty acids in our diet. Fatty acids from industrial hydrogenation processes should be considered harmful.

Health Aspects Of trans-Polyenoic Fatty Acids

trans-Polyenoic fatty acids are a type of fat created artificially via partial hydrogenation of vegetable oils.

These artificially made trans-fats in the diet are correlated through research with negative health aspects, like cardiovascular disease, inflammation, obesity, impaired insulin sensitivity, and increased breast cancer and Alzheimer's risks. (source 🗗)

Natural trans-fats found in ruminant fats occur, but the research regarding the health aspects is ongoing. (source 🗗)

Where To Find trans-Polyenoic Fatty Acids

Several polyenoic acids are found in marine algae and are used as markers for several microalgae in the marine environment. (source 🗗)

If you are interested in a list of foods where you can find this nutrient. Go to our nutrition tool and check out trans-polyenoic fatty acids .

Common polyenoic fatty acids:

  • Linoleic acid, 18:2 (n-6)
  • g-linolenic acid, 18:3 (n-6)
  • Dihomo-g-linolenic acid, 20:3 (n-6)
  • Arachidonic acid, 20:4 (n-6)
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