Food Trends

You Know About 3 and 6, What About 9?

June 6, 2018   /
Stacia Helfand, MEd, RD, CDN


You can expect to hear more about the benefits of omega-9 fatty acids in the news. They are non-essential, and our bodies can synthesize them on their own, so they will likely not become as popular a trend as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are thriving in the supplement world. Still, current research is touting the importance and benefits of having omega-9’s in the diet as findings are beneficial for cardiovascular disease and stroke, energy and mood, and Alzheimers disease. Best sources include sunflower, hazelnut, avocado oil, olive oil, safflower oil, almond butter, and macadamia nuts. Risk of toxicity is low, except for mustard oil, which is generally found in massage oil and not generally recommended for consumption. When your clients ask, tell them that omega-9s are in the foods they should be eating as a part of their healthful ways and to continue to eat omega-9 rich oleic acids found in healthful vegetarian fats. Their bodies will take it from there.