Sodium caprylate

Sodium caprylate is the sodium salt of caprylic acid, a medium chain fatty acid. Medium chain fatty acids are found in medium chain triglycerides, which are sometimes used as nutritional agents 1. Sodium caprylate is typically used in foods as a binder, to aid in the mixing of ingredients and to prevent caking. Sodium caprylate is approved for use as a food additive by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (21CFR172.863) 2.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients. Washington, DC: Pharmaceutical Press and American Pharmacists Assn, 2006.