Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), Polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs)

Year Published: 2018


Am J Clin Nutr


Virtanen JK, Wu JHY, Voutilainen S, Mursu J, Tuomainen TP


This data from the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study analyzed 2480 men in Finland who were 42-60 years old at the beginning of he study (baseline). Authors analyzed the association between omega-6 fat consumption and death from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and non-cancer causes.

Key Findings

Higher levels of linoleic acid in the blood (the main omega-6 fat found in peanuts) was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause as well as with a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease (CVD), non-CVD, or non-cancer causes. The authors conclude that higher intakes of omega-6 provides cardiovascular benefits without increasing the risk of non-CVD mortality.