What Is Myristic Acid (14:0) & What Foods Can I Find It In?

3D-model of Myristic acid (14:0) (src)

Myristic acid 14:0, also known as tetradecanoic acid.

It’s a common saturated long-chain fatty acid.

Nutmeg butter has 75% trimyristin, the triglyceride of myristic acid.

Myristic acid is a precursor to a variety of pharmaceuticals.

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Myristic Acid Accumulates Fat

Myristic acid is a saturated long-chain fatty acid. (source )

This fatty acid is known because it accumulates fat in the body.

But consumption of myristic acid impacts positively on cardiovascular health. (source )

Uses of Myristic Acid

Myristic acid is used to synthesize flavors.

It’s also often used as an ingredient in soaps and cosmetics. (source )

Because of its low cost and ready availability, myristic acid is widely used in the production of detergents and lubricants, plasticizers, surfactants, and cosmetics.

Myristic Acid Is Abundant In Plants

Myristic acid is the most abundant saturated fatty acid in the plant kingdom.

It occurs in many species of plants in quantities ranging from approximately 0.5% to approximately 15% of the total fatty acids of the plant oil.

Myristic Acid Is Poorly Absorbed

Myristic acid is poorly absorbed in the digestive tract, and is not absorbed at all in the small intestine.

It is believed that myristic acid is poorly absorbed due to the presence of myristic acid in its triglyceride form.

Foods You Can Find Myristic Acid (14:0) In

You find myristic acid mostly in fats and oils, spices and herbs, nuts and seeds, and dairy and egg products.

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Coconut meat flakes contain myristic acid

Examples of food sources include

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