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.