- Capric acid, a 10-carbon fatty acid, is one of a series of similar fatty acids found naturally in minor amounts in animal fats and milk and in certain plant oils, including palm oil and coconut oils. In its refined form, it can be either white crystals or a transparent, colorless or pale-yellow liquid. Both forms have an unpleasant odor.
- Also called decanoic acid, it is used as an antimicrobial pesticide in commercial food handling.
- It also is used in the manufacture of cellulose products, dye, flavoring, lubricating grease, medicine, perfumes, specialty soaps, and synthetic rubber.
- Capric acid is considered by many natural food proponents to be an important contributor to good health, and for that reason, they recommend consumption of foods containing this fatty acid, such as goat milk and coconut oil. Some proponents also suggest this acid may help balance insulin levels in humans and that it helps counter insulin resistance. While capric acid is often described in medical literature as part of the delivery system that helps diabetics absorb prescribed amounts of insulin, it does not necessarily follow that adding foods rich in this substance have a direct impact on insulin levels. It is always advisable to consult a qualified health professional before making specific dietary changes that could have a major impact on health.