Conjugated linoleic acid

[ Conjugated linoleic acid, CLA ]

An Isomer of linoleic acid in which two or more double bonds are conjugated and separated by a single bond between them.

CLAs are found mostly in the meat and dairy products of grass-fed ruminants. They can be either cis fats or trans fats. Trans CLAs are not counted as trans fats for the purposes of nutritional regulations and labelling.

Some studies have suggested health benefits of both the cis and trans forms of CLAs, including anti-cancer properties, although the mechanism are poorly understood.

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