What is linoleic acid?
Linoleic acid belongs to the family of Omega 6 . It is a polyunsaturated essential fatty acid, essential for cell renewal and the good health of our body.
Essential to the proper functioning of our metabolism, linoleic acid:
– Participates in the production of our cells.
– Provides the energy needed by the body.
– Strengthens the immune system.
– Also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Like other essential fatty acids, this acid cannot be synthesized by the body. It must therefore be provided by food or cosmetics (oils or creams).
What are the risks of a linoleic acid deficiency?
Deficiencies can lead to immune deficiency, skin allergy or intense thirst. If the amount of fatty acid decreases, the skin becomes flaky, dry and rough.
Which Foods Are Highest in Linoleic Acid?
Overall, oils, oilseeds and seeds have the highest linoleic acid content. Find here the ranking of the richest oils according to their fatty acid content (per 100g):
– Grape seeds: 65g.
– Nuts: 56g.
– Sunflower: 54.4g.
– Corn: 54g.
– Soy: 52g.
– Wheat germ: 47g.
– Argan: 30-36g.
– Sesame: 39.6g.
– Peanut: 25.7g.
– Rapeseed: 19.4g.
Oilseeds and fruits follow: 36g of acid in nuts (fresh or dried), 25.2g in Brazil nuts, 22.1g in peach nuts and 14g in pistachios.
And when it comes to seeds, we find 29.4g of linoleic acid in poppy seeds, 27.8g in sunflower seeds and 22g in sesame seeds.