Butyric acid, 4:0, is known as butanoic acid. It is a common industrial chemical and is not that common in nature. Butyric acid is prepared industrially by oxidation of butyraldehyde.
Butyric acid is a saturated short-chain fatty acid.
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Butyric Acid In Body
Butyric acid is a short-chain fatty acid formed in the human colon by bacterial fermentation of carbohydrates, including dietary fiber. (source 🗗)
Most butyric acid in our body is produced in the colon through microbial fermentation of dietary fiber and is primarily absorbed and metabolized by colonocytes and the liver.
Butyric Acid Not So Pleasant
When butter goes rancid, butyric acid is liberated from the glyceride by hydrolysis.
Butyric acid is a carboxylic acid found in rancid butter, parmesan cheese, and vomit. It has an unpleasant odor and acrid taste, with a sweetish aftertaste, similar to ether. (source 🗗)