One of the most common saturated fatty acids which is found in plants and animals is known as palmitic acid as it is derived from palm tree and also which is a component of an oil. The meaning of the term palmitic refers to those of salts and esters of palmitic acid and the other name for this acid is known as hexadecanoic acid. Dietary intake of this palmitic acid very much increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Retinyl palmitate is considered to be an anti oxidant and is also a rich source of vitamin a which is added to low fat milk which would replace the content of vitamin which is lost due to the removal of fat and also these palmitate esters are major component of palm oil.
Palmitic acid is considered to be a type of carboxylic acid which is known for having long aliphatic tail which is unbranched and also which is either saturated or unsaturated. Palmitic acid is used for making an essential ingredient in soap making. This palmitic acid was used after being combined with the naphtha which is the most volatile part of liquid hydrocarbons to form napalm which is known as a gelling agent which is used in defense operations. The use of this palmitic acid is utilized for balancing the blood glucose level as because of its oily nature the intake of this particular drug could lead into prolonging effects.
Palmitic acid is considered to be very much toxic than that of other acids like oleic acid which less toxic than palmitic acid. The main property of this particular acid is that it is white solid and melts at 63 degree celsius and is also used in cheese, butter, milk and meat. Palmitic acid is the first fatty acid which is produced during lipogenesis from which the longer fatty acids are then produced. Palmitic acid is highly used in food addictives, cosmetics and in soaps.