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Table 6. Food sources of alpha-linolenic acid (PFA 18:3), 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 Salad dressing 10.5 10.5
2 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 6.4 17.0
3 Grain-based desserts 6.1 23.1
4 Pizza 5.8 28.9
5 Yeast breads 5.0 33.9
6 Mayonnaise 4.0 37.9
7 Pasta and pasta dishes 3.5 41.4
8 Quickbreads 3.4 44.9
9 Fried white potatoes 2.8 47.7
10 Mexican mixed dishes 2.7 50.4
11 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 2.7 53.1
12 Burgers 2.6 55.7
13 Margarine 2.6 58.3
14 Regular cheese 2.6 60.8
15 Dairy desserts 2.2 63.1
16 Whole milk 2.2 65.3
17 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 2.2 67.4
18 Other fish and fish mixed dishes 2.0 69.4

Specific foods contributing at least 1% of octadecatrienoic in descending order: sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs, other white potatoes, beef and beef mixed dishes, beans, potato/corn/other chips, coleslaw, rice and rice mixed dishes, tuna and tuna mixed dishes, popcorn, vegetable mixtures.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013