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Stearic acid: Friend or foe?

Posted: Jun 12, 2024 3 minute read GAR 0 Likes
How much do you know about stearic acid? Can you separate fact from fiction?

1. Stearic acid is unhealthy

Myth!

Traditionally, saturated fats like stearic acid were linked to increased heart disease risks due to potential Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol elevation. However, recent research suggests that stearic acid might not be as detrimental as previously thought. Stearic acid may have a neutral effect on cholesterol levels. In the food industry, stearic acid is valued as an effective binder and texture agent that enhances the mouthfeel and stability of various food products.

 

2. Stearic acid is synthetic

Myth!

A common misconception portrays stearic acid as a synthetic substance. In reality, it is naturally found in animals and plants, like meat, dairy, and cocoa butter. It also can be sourced from other vegetable oils through hydrogenation. Both natural and processed stearic acid have the same chemical makeup and function.

 

3. Stearic acid is safe for cosmetic use

Fact!

Stearic acid is generally considered safe for use in cosmetics. Its moisturising, thickening, and stabilising properties contribute to the texture and shelf life of various products. This quality makes stearic acid a valuable ingredient in formulations across various cosmetics, including lotions, creams, and facial cleansers, offering manufacturers a competitive edge in their production.

 

4. Stearic acid affects the taste and fragrance of the final products

Myth!

Stearic acid is odourless and tasteless in its pure form. Any taste or smell associated with products containing stearic acid likely comes from other ingredients. The neutral sensory profile makes it suitable for food production, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals, where it doesn’t alter the desired taste or fragrance of the final product.

 

5. Stearic acid affects insulin resistance

Myth!

Some assume that all saturated fats, including stearic acid, may increase insulin resistance, contributing to type 2 diabetes when eaten. Research shows that stearic acid might improve insulin sensitivity, unlike other saturated fats, which can exacerbate insulin resistance.


Now you see, stearic acid is a friendlier fatty acid than the foe it might be made out to be. It also has a wide range of uses in the cosmetic and food industry, from serums and bath bombs to pastries and coffee mixes.

Considering adding stearic acid to your products? GAR offers palm-derived stearic acid tailored to your requirements.

Our palm-derived oleochemicals are natural, biodegradable, and versatile, all produced under stringent quality control measures. We also specialise in custom solutions that meet quality requirements and sustainability certifications such as EFfCI, GMP+B2 Feed Safety, ISO, KOSHER, and RSPO.

Our RSPO-certified oleochemical plant in Medan

“Consumers are starting to prefer greener, low-emission alternatives in everyday products such as soaps, detergents, and cosmetics. This shift is also happening in industries like pharmaceuticals, plastics,

and animal feed, which are moving towards plant-based solutions. We’re working hard to keep up with this demand by boosting our supply of plant-derived oleochemicals, all while sticking to responsible sourcing. We want to make sure that we’re offering high-quality, responsibly produced products that people can feel good using,” says Kung Chee Wan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sinarmas Oleochemicals and Sinarmas CEPSA. GAR is well-positioned to meet this demand, supported by our two

“We want to make sure that we’re offering high-quality, responsibly produced products that people can feel good using.”

state-of-the-art facilities with a production capacity of up to 440,000 tonnes of oleochemicals annually, extensive plantations, and a robust supplier network, all committed to responsible production practices.

In addition, our integrated capabilities combine high-volume production with a global shipping network that spans over 100 countries. This guarantees your palm-derived stearic acid arrives safely and on time, wherever you are.

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Contact our product expert to discover the ideal palm-derived stearic acid for your needs.

Learn more about our stearic acid line in our Stearic Acid 101 blog.

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