Also known as Palmitic acid, Pentadecanecarboxylic acid and Cetylic acid it is one of the most common saturated fatty acids in the Western diet. Palm oil and coconut oil contain especially high levels of this fatty acid, but butter, cheese, milk and meat also contain it. Excess carbohydrates in the body are also converted to palmitic acid. Down-regulates glycose and protein metabolism. Consumption of palmitic acid is similar to eating trans-fats as it increases risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. 613 in USDA database.
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