In the letter "Linoleic Acid Supplementation" by Parsons and Pencharz (Pediatrics 66:812-813, 1980) an error has been noted in the 15th line of the letter (p 812, column 1). The sentence should read: Furthermore, it must be realized that the conversion of dietary fat to tissue fat is approximately 99% efficient, whereas the conversion of carbohydrate to fat (14 glucose + 12 O2→ tripalmitylglycerate + 33 CO2 + 21 adenosine triphosphate) results in a loss of approximately 15% of the ingested energy.3

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