Polyunsaturated Fats

There are two types of polyunsaturated fats: omega-3 and omega-6. The difference between the two is where the first double bond occurs between carbon atoms.

Polyunsaturated fats are essential fatty acids, which means that the human body cannot make these nutrients and they must be obtained through food, such as vegetable oils, fish and nuts. Learn more by visiting the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid pages.

The Omega Comparison Chart breaks down the difference between polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6) and monounsaturated fats (omega-9). See how the omega fatty acids add up.


Flaxseeds contain
omega-3 fatty acids.