Stearic Acid

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Stearic Acid is a saturated fatty acid with 18 carbons and no double bonds, which is commonly notated as C18:0 or simply 18:0. It is also called octadecanoic acid. Its melting point is 70C and its boiling point is 361.6C.[1]Scientists have found that, unlike palmitic acid, stearic acid does not raise 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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