6/19/2024 5:36:15 AM

Conjugated linoleic acid

Health benefits of Conjugated linoleic acid:
A natural saturated trans fat that may have some health benefits and our research into this fat is under review

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What is conjugated linoleic acid?

CLA is a natural saturated trans fat that was accidentally discovered by researchers who were studying beef and looking for substances that cause mutations.

Research into conjugated linoleic acid

In 1979, researchers from the University of Wisconsin applied a beef extract to mice skin. The mice were then exposed to a strong carcinogen. When the researchers counted the number of tumours developed by the mice 16 weeks later, they found, to their surprise, that the mice exposed to the beef extract had 20% fewer tumours.

Micheal Pariza, the scientist who discovered CLA, later remarked that "few anti-carcinogens, and certainly no other known fatty acids, are as effective as CLA in inhibiting the development of cancer in these models."

Our research into the evidence based health benefits of conjugated linoleic acid is currently under review and we will be updating this page in due course.

Food sources

Food products (e.g. lamb, mutton and beef) from grass-fed ruminants are good sources of CLA, and contain much more of it than those from grain-fed animals.

In fact, meat and dairy products from grass-fed animals can produce 300-500% more CLA than those of cattle fed the usual diet of 50% hay and silage, and 50% grain.

Eggs are also rich in CLA, and it has been shown that CLA in eggs survives the temperatures encountered during frying.

White button mushrooms have been shown to be a good source of CLA with extracts having been tested for their anti-carcinogenic properties.
Review date: 1/12/2024
Next review date: 1/10/2025
Conjugated linoleic acid nutritional information

Top 6 ingredients for Conjugated linoleic acid taking into account portion size and cooking retention factors

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Beef fore rib roast - boneless nutritional information

Beef fore rib roast - boneless

1.44g = No RDA/RI available
Beef fore rib roast - bone in nutritional information

Beef fore rib roast - bone in

1.41g = No RDA/RI available
Beef shin nutritional information

Beef shin

1.17g = No RDA/RI available
Beef braising steak w/fat nutritional information

Beef braising steak w/fat

1.13g = No RDA/RI available
Rack of lamb nutritional information

Rack of lamb

1.08g = No RDA/RI available
Lamb loin joint - bone in nutritional information

Lamb loin joint - bone in

0.91g = No RDA/RI available