Facts and Food Sources of Palmitoleic acid


Palmitoleic acid is an omega-7 monounsaturated fatty acid with CH3(CH2)5CH=CH(CH2)7COOH formula which is a common constituent of glycerides of human adipose tissue. It is found in all tissues but generally found in liver in higher concentrations in the liver. It is biosynthesized from Palmitic acid by activity of enzyme Stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1. This acid could be abbreviated as 16:1∆9. Its dietary sources include breast milk, vegetable oils, animal fats and marine oils. Sea buckthorn oil and Macadamia oil are botanical sources having high concentrations which contain 19% to 29% and 17% of Palmitoleic acid respectively. It consists of 13.55% of fats from fruit of durian species Durio graveolens.

Dietary Sources

Food name Weight (g) Palmitoleic acid (g)
Kielbasa, fully cooked, pan-fried 370 2.394
Chicken, thighs, frozen, breaded, reheated 133 0.992
Cream, fluid, heavy whipping 120 0.656
Cheese, swiss 132 0.611
Cheese, cheddar 132 0.532
Sausage, Italian, pork, mild, cooked, pan-fried 87 0.498
Cheese, white, queso blanco 118 0.432
Turkey with added solution, roasted 28.35 0.419
Cheese, dry white, queso seco 97 0.326
Nuts, almonds 143 0.325
Mozzarella cheese sticks 228 0.269
Salmon, sockeye, canned, total can contents 85 0.265
Hamburger 99 0.243
Plantains, green, fried 118 0.219
Cheese, ricotta, whole milk 124 0.206
Pizza, meat topping, thick crust, frozen, cooked 103 0.161
Potatoes, mashed, ready-to-eat 229 0.153
Cheese, cream 14.5 0.079
Mollusks, oyster, eastern, moist heat 85 0.073
Yogurt, Greek 150 0.058




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