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What Is Caproic Acid (6:0) & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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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 )

Foods You Can Find Caproic Acid (6:0) In

You find Caproic Acid (6:0) mostly in dairy and egg, fats and oil, and sauce and gravy products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Butter
  • Whipped Butter
  • Vegetable Oil-Butter Spread
  • Butter Oil
  • Ghee
  • Garlic Sauce
  • Lemon-Butter Sauce

Foods That Contain Caproic Acid (6:0) In Our Nutrition Tool

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Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.