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Malic Acid

Description

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.

Malic Acid - Quick Stats

Allergy Information

Uses

Acid, Flavoring

E-Number

E296

Additional Information

It is a molecule synthesized in our bodies during energy production and is essential to cell function and metabolism.



Found In

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.

Allergy Information

Unknown

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