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Commentary| Volume 85, ISSUE 6, P399-402, December 2011

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Linoleic acid recommendations—A house of cards

Published:October 03, 2011DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plefa.2011.09.003
      For a well-established nutrient, linoleic acid is still about as controversial as it gets. At one extreme, some swear by it for cholesterol-lowering; at the other extreme, it is seen as the main impediment to reaping the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and, hence, as a major obstacle to better health. What is responsible for these largely incompatible positions? In general, this type of polarization is because of one or both of the following problems: Either flimsy evidence has become entrenched as dogma but without sufficient validation, or there is an absence of key information that could logically explain paradoxical outcomes. A couple of observations suggest both these problems apply to linoleic acid.
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