Caprylic acid

Caprylic acid is an eight-carbon saturated fatty acid. Empirical formula for caprylic acid is C8H16O2. It occurs as a normal constituent of fats and oils in various foods.


It naturally found in palm and coconut oil a in the milk of humans and bovines. Along with butyric and lauric acid, it constitutes a major proportion of naturally occurring saturated fats and oils.

Caprylic acid is classified as a medium-chain fatty acid and is chemically known as octanoic acid. It is colorless leaf or oily liq.; unpleasant odor; burning rancid taste.

Caprylic acid is commercially manufactured by the oxidation of octanol. It can also be synthesized from 1-heptene. The U.S Food and Drug Administration has approved caprylic acid with “generally recognizable as safe” GRAS status.
Caprylic acid

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