Stearic acid is a saturated fatty acid that is two carbon atoms longer than palmitic acid.
Palmitic and stearic acids are significant markers for high consumption of saturated fats. You want those markers to be in the low to optimal range.
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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.
Reduce saturated fats and focus on a whole food plant-based diet.
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