Palmitic Acid

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Palmitic Acid is a saturated fatty acid with 16 carbons and no double bonds, which is commonly notated as C16:0 or simply 16:0. It is also called hexadecanoic acid. Its melting point is 62.9C and its boiling point is 167C.[1] Scientists have found that palmitic acid raises total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL).[2]

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  1. MON 87769 Final Environmental Assessment, USDA, p. 53.
  2. Micha R and Mozaffarian D. (2010) Saturated Fat and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors, Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes: a Fresh Look at the Evidence. Lipids, 45, 893-905.

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