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Table 2.

Estimated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid intake in the late paleolithic period (g/d)a, b.

LA 4 28
ALA 11.40

LA 4.56
ALA 1.21

LA 8.84
ALA 12.60

AA (ω6) 1.81
EPA (ω3) 0.39
DTA ((ω6) 0.12
DPA (ω3) 0.42
DHA (ω3) 0.27

Ratios of ω6/ω3
LA/ALA 0.70
A A + DTA/EPA +DPA + DHA 1.79

Total ω6/ω3 0.79b

LA, linoleic acid; ALA, linolenic acid; AA, arachidonic acid; EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid; DTA, docosatetranoic acid; DPA, docosapenlaenoic acid; DHA, docosahexaenoic acid.


Data from Eaton et al.


Assuming an energy intake of 35:65 of animal:plant sources.

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