from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or similar to stearin or fat.
- adj. Of or relating to stearic acid.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or relating to stearin, tallow etc
- adj. Of or relating to stearic acid or its derivatives
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, or obtained from, stearin or tallow; resembling tallow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to suet or fat; obtained from stearin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or composed of fat
When the wax has reached its melting point according to the candlemaking thermometer, lower the heat and add a hardening agent such as stearic adic (if desired).
I like the stearic acid carve out, but in the summary at least, there is no mention of where it is found, or how to take the general guidance -- 'avoid saturated fat but not stearic acid'-- and turn it into food choices!
The new guidelines suggest 'carving out' stearic acid from the saturated fats that should be restricted, and I think this is, if anything, overdue.
The science has long shown that stearic acid -- the predominant saturated fatty acid in, for instance, dark chocolate -- is innocuous.
Another 13% of the fat content is stearic acid, a type of saturated fat that's considered harmless, because it doesn't raise cholesterol levels.
But most of the saturated fat content in cocoa butter is stearic acid, which numerous studies have shown does not raise blood cholesterol levels.
One of those ingredients - stearic acid - is taken from the stomachs of pigs, and the rendered fat of cows, and sheep.
Oh I have some stearic laying around screaming to be used ... guess I have a good project for this week!
Great info, cause I bought a big bag of stearic acid last fall I was going to use in soap.
When I open a bag of stearic acid, it stinks of chemicals to me, so I can't get my head around wanting to make this, but I give you oodles of credit for doing the experiment and sharing your thoughts with us.