Nutrition Profile • Compare Omega-3, -6, -9
Compare Omega -3, -6, -9
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are known by another name: omegas. There are three types of omega fatty acids: omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are two types of polyunsaturated fats. All three omega fatty acids play specific roles in overall health, which is why they also are considered good fats.
v OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
Fatty acids are considered essential for human health because the body cannot manufacture them. People must obtain omega-3 fatty acids from foods such as salmon, mackerel, flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts and some plant-based oils, including canola oil.
> OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS
Fatty acids are also essential for human health because the body cannot manufacture them. People must obtain omega-6 fatty acids by consuming foods such as meat, poultry and eggs, as well as nut- and plant-based oils, including canola, corn, soybean and sunflower oils.
> OMEGA-9 FATTY ACIDS
Omega-9 fatty acids are from a family of unsaturated fats commonly found in vegetable oils. These monounsaturated fats are described as omega-9 faty acids because the double bond is in the ninth position from the omega end. Unlike omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, the body can produce omega-9 fatty acids, but they are beneficial when obtained in food. The primary omega-9 fatty acid is oleic acid. Oleic acid is commonly found in canola, olive, peanut, safflower and sunflower oils, avocados, olives and nuts, including almonds, cashews, macadamias, peanuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts.