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Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats, a type of fat your body can’t make.
The term “polyunsaturated” refers to their chemical structure,
as “poly” means many and “unsaturated” refers to double bonds.
Together they mean that omega-3 fatty acids have many double bonds.
Like omega-3s, omega-6 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids.
However, the last double bond is six carbons from the omega end of the fatty acid molecule.
Omega-6 fatty acids are also essential, so you need to obtain them from your diet.
They mainly provide energy. The most common omega-6 fat is linoleic acid,
which the body can convert to longer omega-6 fats such as arachidonic acid.
Omega-9 fatty acids are monounsaturated, meaning they only have one double bond.
It’s located nine carbons from the omega end of the fatty acid molecule.
Oleic acid is the most common omega-9 fatty acid and the most common
monounsaturated fatty acid in the diet.