The Love Chemicals of Chocolate: Stearic Acid

Stearic Acid is a saturated fat found in chocolate, that does not have a particularly healthy effect, but although it is saturated – the dangerous form of fat – it does not have a particularly unhealthy effect either. It is stable and when it is digested, is converted into oleic acid, a monounsaturated (healthier) fat.

Unlike the typical behaviour of saturated fats, stearic acid does not and in that does not increase blood cholesterol levels have a much of an effect on blood cholesterol levels, because such a large percentage of it is converted into the healthier fat.

Stearic acid is used in margarine, which is why it is marketed as healthier than butter, with its saturated fat.

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