Facts and Food Sources of Myristic acid


Myristic acid is a common saturated fatty acid having CH3(CH2)12COOH as molecular formula. Its salts and esters are known as myristates. The name was termed after binomial name for nutmeg from which it was first isolated by Lyon Playfair in 1841. It is a saturated fatty acid belonging to the sub-group known as long chain fatty acids from 14 to 18 carbon atoms. It naturally occurs in some foods. Myristic acid (in purified form) occurs as hard, faintly yellow or white, glossy crystalline solid or as yellow-white or white powder. Myristic acid and its esters and salts are used in soaps, eye makeup, detergents, nail care products, hair care products, shaving products and others.

Food sources of Myristic acid

Food name Weight (g) Myristic acid (g)
Nutmeg butter oil 13.6 11.234
Coconut milk 240 10.022
Ucuhuba butter oil 13.6 8.622
Colby cheese 132 5.057
Muenster cheese 132 4.055
Cheddar cheese 132 3.967
Fontina cheese 132 3.912
Swiss cheese 132 3.853
Feta cheese 150 3.817
Provolone cheese 132 3.627
Parmesan cheese 100 3.377
Coconut oil 13.6 2.265
Vegetable oil 13.6 2.230
Babassu oil 13.6 2.040
Sheep’s milk 245 1.617
Kielbasa 370 1.425
Ricotta cheese 124 1.323
Spinach souffle 136 1.167
Menhaden fish oil 13.6 1.082
Goat cheese 28.35 1.023


Side effects

  • It may cause side effects such as skin irritation, eye irritation, cough syrup, urge to vomit, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rash, allergic reaction and glycerin laxative-anal.
  • People with allergic reactions, blockage in digestive system, undiagnosed abdominal pain and children under the age of 6 years should not use it.







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