The Critical Nature of Fatty Acids

Fatty Acid Critical Nature

Fatty acids are one of the principal products we supply to our customers, which are then used as ingredients in products that could not be made otherwise. When you think about it, these acids are a crucial component for our everyday lives.

In the oleochemical industry, fatty acids play a vital role in the development of sustainable and environmentally friendly products, as they are primarily derived from renewable resources like plant and animal fats. Their versatile properties make them valuable components for various industrial and personal applications. 

As one of the most common compounds derived from natural sources like fats and vegetable oils, fatty acids and other compounds can be used as raw material or supplemental ingredients for products in many industries.  

Fatty Acid Applications

No matter how they’re utilized, fatty acid compounds have a wide array of applications and product uses. Here is a rundown of some of the most common:

  • Animal Feed – Fatty acids often are used in the form of feed supplements, which are part of animal diets that promote effective growth and improve the quality of meat and dairy products. 
  • Food Additives – Stearic acid and oleic acid are used as food additives to improve texture and extend the shelf life in processed foods. They can also be used as emulsifying agents and flavor enhancers.
  • Pharmaceuticals – Fatty acids are used in pharmaceutical products as formulations in the production of capsules and other medications.  
  • Cosmetics – in this application, fatty acids are utilized as emollients and moisturizers. They help hydrate and soften the skin, making them ideal for skincare products, lotions, creams, and lip balms.
  • Surfactants – Fatty acids are used in the production of surfactants, which are used in soap, laundry detergents and other cleaning products. Surfactants are amphiphilic in nature—with both hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties—which allows them to be great emulsifiers and aid in breaking up oils, greases, and dirt.  
  • Greases and Lubricants – Fatty acids are mixed into lubricants and greases to reduce friction among metal parts in many machines to ensure smooth operation. 
  • Biodiesel – Some fatty acids, particularly those derived from vegetable oils, are converted to biodiesel fuels through transesterification. Biodiesel is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional diesel fuel, helping reduce emissions and lessen the need for fossil fuels.

Cremer North America’s Fatty Acid Expertise

We’re proud to be a leading supplier of fatty acids in several classifications, including:

  • Short chain
  • Medium chain
  • Long chain
  • Distilled
  • Stearic 
  • Oleic

Need additional information? Click here to learn more about our fatty acids, including detailed spec sheets and applications.

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