saturated fatty acid


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to saturated fatty acid: polyunsaturated fatty acid, monounsaturated fatty acid

sat·u·rat·ed fat·ty ac·id

a fatty acid, the carbon chain of which contains no ethylenic or other unsaturated linkages between carbon atoms (for example, stearic acid and palmitic acid); called saturated because it is incapable of absorbing any more hydrogen.

saturated fatty acid

An alkyl-chain fatty acid that has no double (ethylenic) bonds between carbons; it is called saturated as the chain is incapable of absorbing more hydrogen. These fatty acids have higher melting points and may be solid at room temperature. Saturated fatty acids (e.g., stearic acid) are found in animal fats (e.g., butter, margarine, meat and dairy).

saturated fatty acid

Nutrition An animal fats–eg, butter, margarine, meat and dairy fats are rich in SFAs–eg, stearic acid; ↑ consumption of SFAs is linked to CAD. See Fatty acid; Cf Unsaturated fatty acid.

sat·u·rat·ed fat·ty ac·id

(sach'ŭr-āt'ĕd fat'ē as'id)
A fatty acid, the carbon chain of which contains no ethylenic or other unsaturated linkages between carbon atoms (e.g., stearic acid and palmitic acid); called saturated because it is incapable of absorbing any more hydrogen.

sat·u·rat·ed fat·ty ac·id

(sach'ŭr-āt'ĕd fat'ē as'id)
A fatty acid, the carbon chain of which contains no ethylenic or other unsaturated linkages between carbon atoms (e.g., stearic acid and palmitic acid); called saturated because it is incapable of absorbing any more hydrogen.
References in periodicals archive ?
Vegetable oils with high saturated fatty acid levels have applications in the manufacture of solid fat food products, such as margarine and shortening, saving the cost of hydrogenation and avoiding the production of unwanted trans fatty acid (Kritchevsky et al., 1995; Perez-Vich et al., 2004).
An intermediate length saturated fatty acid, lauric acid (12:0), which appears in a few oils, such as coconut oil, also is clearly associated with elevations of the serum cholesterol concentration.[8,9]
Look for an oil that is low in saturated fatty acids and, preferably, high in monounsatured fatty acids.
The best way to help lower your blood cholesterol level is to eat less saturated fatty acids and cholesterol, and control your weight.
From many years of research, it has been established that the primary cholesterol-elevating fatty acids are the saturated fatty acids with 12 (lauric acid), 14 (myristic acid), and 16 carbon atoms (palmitic acid) with a concomitant increase in the risk of coronary heart disease.
The different observations may have resulted from the different ratio of unsaturated to saturated fatty acids in various lipids [28].
Levels of saturated fatty acids in sperm were also negatively related to sperm concentration, but saturated fat intake was unrelated to sperm levels.
The total saturated fatty acid composition of RS1, including C16 to C24 fatty acids, was 77 g [kg.sup.-1] when grown in the field at Fargo, ND, in 2000.
As a result, a Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) of zero was not proposed by the IOM, which instead recommended that trans fatty acid consumption be "as low as possible." Current FDA regulations require that saturated fatty acid contents (but not mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acid contents) be listed on food labels in association with a Daily Recommended Intake (DRI).
In fact, stearic acid isn't the only saturated fatty acid that fails to raise blood cholesterol.
In addition to being an ultra-purified form of palmitoleic acid, Cardia 7 has been especially formulated to remove palmitic acid, a saturated fatty acid found in many foods that are high in saturated fats, such as processed meats, cheeses and dairy products.