DL-Malic Acid E296 is a white crystal or crystalline powder used as an acidulant in milk or carbonated drinks, frozen foods, and processed foods. DL-Malic Acid E296 is also used as a color-keeper and antiseptic of juice, and as an emulsion stabilizer of egg yolks. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is DL-Malic Acid E296?
DL-Malic Acid is a white or nearly white crystalline powder or granules with a strong acid taste. It can be used as an acidulant in cool drinks (including lactobacillus drinks, milk drinks, carbonated drinks, cola), frozen foods (including sherbet and ice cream), and processed foods (including wine and mayonnaise). It is used as a color-keeper and antiseptic of juice. It is also used as an emulsion stabilizer of egg yolk. DL-Malic acid also can be used as a pharmaceutical intermediate, cosmetic, rinse, metal cleaner, buffering agent, retarder in the textile industry, and a fluorescent whitening agent of polyester fibre.
Possible Side Effects of DL-Malic Acid
DL-Malic Acid E296 is generally considered a safe ingredient. The side effects may cause gastrointestinal problems such as bloating or cramping.
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. DL-Malic Acid E296 is considered safe by FDA.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to DL-Malic Acid E296 populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake DL-Malic Acid E296.
1. Effect of DL-malic acid supplementation on feed intake, methane emissions, and performance of lactating dairy cows at pasture. [J Dairy Sci. 2009 Jul] Author: Foley PA, Kenny DA, Lovett DK, Callan JJ, Boland TM, O’Mara FP.
2. Effect of DL-malic acid supplementation on feed intake, methane emission, and rumen fermentation in beef cattle. [J Anim Sci. 2009 Mar] Author: Foley PA, Kenny DA, Callan JJ, Boland TM, O’Mara FP.