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Table 4 Fatty acids in Maasai diet and red blood cells

From: High content of long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in red blood cells of Kenyan Maasai despite low dietary intake

  Maasai (present study)
  Diet
(n = 26)
Red blood cells
(n = 18)
Fatty acids
(% of total FAME)
mean SD mean SD
C12:0 2.30 0.65 0.02 0.01
C14:0 8.66 2.36 0.42 0.11
C16:0 32.09 2.66 28.22 1.66
C16:1 1.49 0.38 0.50 0.09
C18:0 8.61 1.56 11.78 1.53
C18:1 cis 9 21.55 4.18 17.06 1.39
∑C18:1 trans 1.96 0.55 0.68 0.14
C18:1 t 11 1.20 0.35 0.29 0.08
C18:2n-6 7.15 4.01 12.93 1.72
∑CLA 0.83 0.24 0.54 0.14
c 9, t 11 CLA 0.67 0.20 0.41 0.12
C18:3n-6 0.01 0.00 0.07 0.02
C18:3n-3 0.79 0.25 0.16 0.04
C20:0 0.35 0.02 0.18 0.07
C20:4n-6 0.04 0.02 13.66 1.40
C20:5n-3 0.05 0.01 0.84 0.27
C22:0 0.16 0.03 0.17 0.07
C22:5n-3 0.09 0.03 2.84 0.38
C22:6n-3 0.01 0.00 2.23 0.64
AA/EPA 0.84 0.09 16.3 --
∑SFA 63.79 6.29 44.07 1.18
∑MUFA 27.05 2.97 19.85 1.37
∑PUFA 9.16 3.87 36.08 1.52
∑n-3 PUFA 0.99 0.23 6.13 0.86
∑n-6 PUFA 7.24 3.99 29.29 1.93
n-6/n-3 7.38 4.06 4.91 1.05
  1. AA, arachidonic acid; EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid