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Arachidic acid is used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, soaps, cosmetics, and food packaging because of its surfactant-like properties. Arachidic acid is a saturated fatty acid with a 20 carbon chain. Diets rich in saturated fats like arachidic acid are associated with increased levels of serum low density lipoproteins.
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