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What Are trans-Polyenoic Fatty Acids & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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 )

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)

Foods You Can Find trans-Polyenoic Fatty Acids In

You find trans-Polyenoic Fatty Acids mostly in fats and oil, and lamb, veal, and game products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Soy Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Industrial Shortening
  • Industrial Oil
  • Margarine
  • Palm Oil
  • Vegetable Shortening

Foods That Contain trans-Polyenoic Fatty Acids In Our Nutrition Tool

You can find regularly updated top ranked lists of foods for over 200+ nutrients in our nutrition tool.

If you are interested in what foods contain the most trans-Polyenoic Fatty Acids we recommend you visit our tool.

Here's our top ranked list of foods that contain trans-Polyenoic Fatty Acids.

Sara Niemelä

co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator


I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family.

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