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Table 2. Food sources of total omega 6 fatty acids (18:2 + 20:4), listed in descending order by percentages of their contribution to intake, based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006

Rank Food item Contribution to intake (%) Cumulative contribution (%)
1 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 9.5 9.5
2 Grain-based desserts 7.4 16.9
3 Salad dressing 7.3 24.3
4 Potato/corn/other chips 6.9 31.2
5 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 6.4 37.6
6 Pizza 5.3 42.9
7 Yeast breads 4.5 47.4
8 Fried white potatoes 3.5 50.9
9 Pasta and pasta dishes 3.5 54.4
10 Mexican mixed dishes 3.3 57.7
11 Mayonnaise 3.1 60.8
12 Quickbreads 3.0 63.8
13 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 2.9 66.7
14 Popcorn 2.6 69.2
15 Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs 2.1 71.4

Specific foods contributing at least 1% of omega 6 fatty acids in descending order: other fish and fish mixed dishes, margarine, burgers, beef and beef mixed dishes, rice and rice mixed dishes, crackers, other white potatoes, beans, candy.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013