A naturally occurring acid that is responsible for the tart flavor of many fruits, usually when unripe. It is added to wine to aid in the aging process and is used as an alkali in many foods. It is also responsible for the extreme sourness found in some candies.
- Quick Stats
It is a molecule synthesized in our bodies during energy production and is essential to cell function and metabolism.
apples, cherries, grapes, wine, sour candies, salt & vinegar chips, beverages, jams, frozen desserts
Possible Health Effects
Can be irritating to the skin and mouth in high quantities. Possible use as a drug to treat fibromyalgia.
- US Food And Drug Administration, Code of Federal Regulations Title 21: Malic Acid, Updated April 1, 2010, US Food and Drug Administration
- Journal of Rheumatology, Treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome with Super Malic: a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled, crossover pilot study., May 22, 1995, Russell IJ, Michalek JE, Flechas JD, Abraham GE.
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