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Do different olive oils vary in their omega acid content?

From: 
Lisa
Question: 

I am looking for the specific differentiation of omega fats from the various types of olive oil. ie extra- virgin, virgin, etc.

Source: 
Dr. Deane
Answer: 

All olive Oils contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Different varieties and growing conditions may produce different ratios of the omega acids. The method of processing does not; so pure, virgin and extra virgin made from the same olives would have the same omega acids.

Olive oil is about 10% linoleic acid (an omega 6 oil) and about 1% linolenic acid (an omega 3 oil), therefore the ratio is 10:1

Date: 
Monday, July 3, 2006

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