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What Is Palmitic Acid (16:0) & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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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.

Therefore it's the primary saturated fatty acid in most diets. (source )

Palmitic acid (16:0) is the most common saturated fatty acid that can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. (source )

Naturally Found Palmitic Acid

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

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, making it a crucial nutrient for infants. (source )

Foods You Can Find Palmitic Acid (16:0) In

You find Palmitic Acid (16:0) mostly in fats and oil, pork, and dairy and egg products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Palm Oil
  • Shortening Frying
  • Confectionery Shortening
  • Menhaden Fish Oil
  • Palm & Palm Kernel Oil
  • Pork Leaf Fat
  • Butter Oil

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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've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.