A soybean vegetable oil obtained by crushing and extraction from mature soybean seeds is provided in which the endogenously formed concentrations of both palmitic acid (C16:0) and stearic acid (C18:0) are simultaneously elevated. Neither elevated saturated fatty acid concentration is negated by the expression of the other saturated fatty acid in the elevated concentration. The endogenously formed palmitic acid content is from about 14% to about 24% and the endogenously formed stearic acid content is from about 20% to about 30% by weight of the total fatty acid composition. In a preferred embodiment, the endogenously formed linolenic acid (C18:3) component of the soybean oil is no more than about 3% by weight of the total fatty acid composition.
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Fehr, Walter R. and Hammond, Earl G., "Soybean vegetable oil having elevated concentrations of both palmitic acid and stearic acid" (1998). Iowa State University Patents. 56.