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What Is Palmitic Acid?

Palmitic acid, 16:0, known as hexadecanoic acid. Because palmitic acid is inexpensive and adds texture to processed foods, is it widely used as a food additive.

Palmitic acid is a saturated long-chain fatty acid.

Excess carbohydrates in the body can be converted to palmitic acid.

Palmitic Acid Is A Common Saturated Fatty Acid

Palmitic acid is a saturated long-chain fatty acid. It’s the most common saturated fatty acid found in animals, plants, and microorganisms. And therefore the primary saturated fatty acid in most diets. (source 🗗)

Palmitic Acid In Food

Palmitic acid is found naturally in palm oil and palm kernel oil. But can also be found in butter, cheese, milk, and meat. (source đź——)

Palmitic oil is abundant in meat and meat products. It constitutes about 25% of the fatty acids of beef or pork fat, but only 6–10% of the fatty acids of sunflower, safflower, peanut, or soy oils. (source 🗗)

Breast milk consists of 20–30% palmitic acid. Palmitic acid is a crucial nutrient for infants. (source 🗗)

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

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Sara Niemelä

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I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family. Nutrition is my passion. I have spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies. Nutrition is the foundation you build a healthy and fulfilling life upon!