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What Are the Real Essential Fatty Acids?

Criteria for an Essential Nutrient

For nearly a century now, we thought we knew what the essential fatty acids were, linolenic acid and alpha-linoleic acid.  I’ve written it in my books and in various articles as have many others.  As so often happens in science, with new data comes new models.   Because it looks like we may have been wrong about what the real essential fats are.  As always, let me start with some background.

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