Omega-6 vegetable oils as a driver of coronary heart disease: the oxidized linoleic acid hypothesis

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URL: https://openheart.bmj.com/content/5/2/e000898#ref-41

Journal: Open Heart

Publication Date: 09/2018

Summary: Numerous lines of evidence show that the omega-6 polyunsaturated fat linoleic acid promotes oxidative stress, oxidised LDL, chronic low-grade inflammation and atherosclerosis, and is likely a major dietary culprit for causing CHD, especially when consumed in the form of industrial seed oils commonly referred to as ‘vegetable oils’.

Key Takeaways

Vegetable oils contain large amounts of a polyunsaturated fat known as linoleic acid. This fat is consumed in excessive amounts in the standard American diet. Increased consumption of this type of fat has been shown to increase inflammation and promote plaque build up on the walls of your blood vessels leading to heart disease.

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