Stearic acid is a long-chained saturated fatty acid commonly found in high levels in animal fats, cocoa butter, and shea butter.

Health considerations

Reviews suggest that relative to other saturated fatty acids, stearic acid improves or has a neutral effect on cholesterol profiles; relative to unsaturated fatty acids, stearic acid is less beneficial. Fats high in stearic acid as opposed to other saturated fatty acids have been found to have generally positive effects on blood lipids and blood clotting. See: Saturated fats

Keep in mind

Fatty acids are not consumed in isolation, studies of consumption of various oils or fat sources may provide differing evidence of health benefits and risks. See: Saturated fats

May be found in

Cocoa butter, shea butter, butter, beef tallow, lard, dairy products, animal fats, animal products


American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition  2
New England Journal of Medicine 
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 3 

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