Top 12 Foods High In Omega-6

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Eating omega-6 foods usually isn’t a problem for most people, but if you need to boost your omega-6 levels, there are plenty of great foods to do it with.

Omega-6 Foods

The best omega-6 essential fatty acid (linoleic acid) foods include corn puffs, sausage, butter, beef, eggs, safflower oil, sunflower seed oil, and brazil nuts, among many others. These levels are based on 100-gram servings, which is an exceedingly large amount for some of these foods, particularly the oils. On average, you should consume roughly 3,000 milligrams of this fatty acid every day.

Safflower Oil

A 100-gram serving contains nearly 75 grams of linoleic acid.

Sunflower Seeds

There are 34 grams of this fatty acid (linoleic acid) in a 100-gram serving of sunflower seeds.

Butter

There are 37 grams of this polyunsaturated fat in this serving of butter.

Beef

This contains less than 300 milligrams of omega-6.

Eggs

There are 3500 milligrams of this fat in a 100-gram serving.

Sausage

More than 4000 milligrams are in a 100-gram serving.

Mayonnaise

There are over 40 grams of omega-6 in each 100-gram serving.

Various omega 6-rich foods like avocado, seeds, walnuts, almonds, and broccoli on a table

Omega 6 fatty acids help lower the risk of heart diseases. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Flax/Linseed Oil

There are two grams of omega-6 per teaspoon of this oil.

Sesame Seeds

There are more than 20 grams of omega-6 in 100 grams of these seeds.

Pumpkin Seeds

These seeds also have over 20 grams of this linoleic acid.

Walnut Oil

Nearly 53 grams of omega-6 are present in 100 grams of this oil.

Brazil Nuts

These nuts have over 27 grams per 100-gram serving.

Other Foods

Other foods rich in omega 6 include chocolate chip cookies, chicken, grape seed oil, evening primrose oil, borage oil, blackcurrant seed oil, canola oil, hemp oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, poppy seed oil, and acai berries.

What is Omega-6?

Omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid) are a group of roughly a dozen different polyunsaturated fats that are commonly found in vegetable products, particularly vegetable oils. However, they are found in small to moderate quantities in many other foods as well. Experts recommend consuming an even 1:1 ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids for optimal health.

Different fats within the omega-6 classification can have both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory properties. When it comes to the benefits of this family of fats, they are important for the following:

  • Promote brain development
  • Improve nervous system health
  • Soothe symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Support bone health
  • Manage cardiovascular health
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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