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What is Stearic Acid?

Stearic acid is a saturated fatty acid that is two carbon atoms longer than palmitic acid.

High levels:

Diets high in saturated fat contribute to elevated levels of stearic acid in the body. High levels in plasma occur with high serum triglycerides, which is a risk factor in atherosclerotic vascular disease. High levels can indicate that you eat a high meat diet.

Potential responses:

Reduce saturated fats and focus on a whole food plant-based diet.

References:

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0735109717300360?via%3Dihub
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27650783
  3. https://www.bmj.com/content/355/bmj.i5796

Disclaimer:

The information on healthmatters.io is NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.

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