292. Is Dietary Linoleic Acid Pro-inflammatory?

FNCE Recorded Sessions from 2017

A widespread belief exists that linoleic acid is "proinflammatory" and contributes to chronic diseases in the United States.

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A widespread belief exists that linoleic acid (LA; omega-6 fatty acid) is "proinflammatory" and contributes to chronic diseases in the United States. An extension of this belief is to recommend that LA intakes be lowered to improve health. Despite the pervasiveness of this belief, there is at best, weak supporting evidence of this strategy. Often targeted in discussions concerning the omega-6/omega-3 ratio, some speculate that lowering the numerator is as important as is raising the denominator.

While American intakes of the omega-3 fatty acids may be sub-optimal, lowering omega-6 intakes will not achieve the same health benefits as raising omega-3 intakes. In fact, current evidence suggests that lowering LA intakes will increase risk for a number of diseases associated with inflammatory components. This session will survey evidence of the relationship of LA with chronic disease and will provide evidence-based suggestions for using both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the diet for better health.

CPEU: 1.5
CPE Level: 2
Learning Codes: 2100, 9020, 4040

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the biochemical pathways that begin with linoleic acid
  • Decide whether diets higher vs lower in linoleic acid promote inflammation
  • Better design dietary fat regimens to reduce risk for chronic diseases


  • William Harris, PhD

Moderator and Session Speaker

  • Martha Belury, PhD, RD
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