Kojic acid is used in food and cosmetics to preserve or change colors of substances. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Kojic Acid?
Kojic Acid is an off-white crystalline powder with a purity of 99%. This product is great for skin care because it can add shine and remove spots. Kojic acid can act as anti-oxidant, antiseptic, and preservative. This product can be used in food or cosmetics to preserve or change colors of substance. Kojic acid is used in a variety of ways like, preserving colors in seafood, preventing browning of cut fruits, and as a by-product in the manufacturing of rice wine.
Possible Side Effects of Kojic Acid
Although Kojic Acid generally regarded as a very safe and effective supplement, there can be some minor side effects. The common side effects is Skin Sensitivity.
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. Kojic Acid is considered safe.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Kojic Acid populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Kojic Acid.
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