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What Is Lauric Acid (12:0) & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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Lauric acid, 12:0, also known as dodecanoic acid, is a saturated medium-chain fatty acid that is relatively uncommon.

Lauric acid is inexpensive, has a long shelf-life, and classifies as non-toxic.

So it’s used mainly for the production of soaps and cosmetics.

Properties Of Lauric Acid

Lauric acid is a saturated fatty acid. It has many properties of medium-chain fatty acids. It is a bright white, powdery solid with a faint odor of bay oil or soap. (source )

Lauric acid has strong bactericidal properties and is believed to have antimicrobial properties. (source )

Lauric acid is a substance or active part that kills or slows the growth of bacteria. (source )

Risks With Lauric Acid

Lauric acid has been found to cause a moderate risk of coronary heart disease. (source )

Lauric acid can be slightly irritating to mucous membranes. But it’s toxicity is so low that it’s used in many soaps and shampoos. (source)

Foods You Can Find Lauric Acid (12:0) In

You find Lauric Acid (12:0) mostly in fats and oil, nut and seed, and sweets products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Palm Kernel Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Babassu Oil
  • Shortening Confectionery
  • Coconut Meat
  • Palm & Palm Kernel Oil
  • Carob

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