Lipid and Fatty Acid Analysis

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Lipid and Fatty Acid Analysis Inquiry

Lipids usually refer to those components that are soluble in organic solvents, such as ether, hexane or chloroform, but are insoluble in water. Lipids such as fats are one of the major constituents of foods that impact on processing, flavor, taste, texture, appearance, and shelf life of foods. Lipids supply as much as 2 times the amount of energy compared to carbohydrates or proteins. Furthermore, lipids play a vital role in sustaining body temperature, protecting organs, as well as providing essential fatty acids. Nevertheless, over-consumption of certain lipid components, such as cholesterol and saturated fats, can be detrimental to our health. For the reasons of food processing, food quality, health control, nutritional labeling regulation, and economic benefits, it is important to accurately determine the lipid and fatty acid contents in foods.


Lifeasible has wide-ranging of expertise in the analysis of a full suite of lipids and fatty acids, which include, but not limited to:

  • Monoacylglycerols
  • Diacylglycerols
  • Triacylglycerols
  • Free fatty acids (total, saturated, unsaturated, trans-fatty acids, etc.)
  • Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), stearidonic acid (SDA), etc.)
  • Phospholipids (total, lecithin, phosphatidyl ethanolamine, lyso-phosphatidyl choline, phosphatidyl inositol, phosphatidyl serine, etc.)
  • Sterols
  • Fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs)

Lifeasible is a global leader in lipid and fatty acid analytical testing. Our accredited, state-of-the-art laboratories provide one-stop services from sample preparation, experiment analysis to data report.

Highlighted Service 1 – Lipid extraction

Lipids should first be extracted for further analysis. Lifeasible provides a variety of methods for lipids extraction according to their solubility in organic solvents, immiscibility with water, physical characteristics (e.g.,relatively low density), and spectroscopic properties. These methods can be subdivided to solvent extraction, non-solvent extraction, and instrumental methods.

Highlighted Service 2 – Profiles and contents estimation of lipids and fatty acids

Our experienced team of analysts continually incorporate advanced techniques in lipid analysis and profiling. These technologies include standard wet chemistries, thin layer chromatography (TLC), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas-liquid chromatography (GLC), chromatography methods coupled to mass spectrometry (MS), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, UV-spectroscopy, infrared (IR) spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy.

Our scientists are knowledgeable about the extraction, profile analysis, and quantification estimation. All tests are performed using cutting-edge equipment and well-established methods to ensure the highest of quality and compliance with industrial standards such as ISO, AOAC, AACC, etc.. We are also available for consultation and look forward to discussing how our skill set and experience align with your needs. Please feel free to contact us for further information, questions, or inquiries.

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