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What Is Caproic Acid?

Caproic acid, 6:0, is a naturally found saturated medium-chain fatty acid. The primary use of caproic acid is in the manufacture of its esters for artificial flavors. It is, for instance, one of the components of vanilla.

Caproic acid is not only used for the formation of esters but also commonly used for flavoring butter, milk, cream, strawberry, bread, beer, nut, and other foods.

Uses Of Caproic Acid

Caproic acid is a saturated medium-chain fatty acid, also known as Hexanoic acid. (source 🗗)

Caproic acid is considered a valuable industrial commodity. It has twice the value of ethanol per carbon atom. Therefore it’s commonly used in medicine, the food industry, and the chemical industry. (source 🗗)

Caproic Acid In Food

Caproic acid is found naturally in various animals and plants fats, and oils. (source 🗗)

If you are interested in a list of foods where you can find this nutrient. Go to our nutrition tool and check out caproic acid .

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