Table 1

 Content of n-6 LA and n-3 α LNA in commercially available edible oils

Cooking oilLA (g per 100 g of cooking oil)α LNA (g per 100 g of cooking oil)
Vegetable oil*Depends on specific oilDepends on specific oil
Safflower†74.60.0
Sunflower†65.70.0
Cottonseed51.50.0
Corn53.50.2
Soybean50.37.0
Canola18.69.1
Olive9.80.8
Butter oil2.31.4
Coconut1.80.0

n-6 LA=omega 6 linoleic acid; n-3 α LNA=omega 3 α linolenic acid. Fatty acid contents of oils vary to some extent by season, latitude, and other conditions. USDA National Nutrient Database numbers: safflower 04510, sunflower 04510, cottonseed 04502, corn 04518, soybean 04669, canola 04582, olive 04053, butter 01003, coconut 04047.9

*Food items labeled “vegetable oil” may contain one or more of the above oils.

†Varieties of safflower and sunflower oils with lower LA content are commercially available.