Oleic acid

Oleic acid is a fatty acid obtained from the hydrolysis of various fats 1. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), oleic acid may be added to foods for human consumption 2.


  1. The Merck Index. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck & Co., 2006.
  2. Food and Drug Administration. Title 21, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. 4-1-2011.