Maltol Side Effects

Maltol E636 is a broad-spectrum flavor-enhancing agent that appears as a white crystalline powder. This product is often used in baked bread, cakes, etc. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.

What Is Maltol E636?

Maltol E636 is a white crystalline powder that is soluble in organic solvents such as alochol, and insoluble in water. With a sweet cotton candy and caramel odor, this aromatic finds application in foods requiring a blend of fruit flavors including strawberry and pineapple, and other flavors including candy, cake, caramel, and chocolate.

Possible Side Effects of Maltol E636

Maltol E636 is generally considered a safe ingredient. The side effects may:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Flatulence
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Diarrhoea

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. Maltol is considered safe by FDA.

Suggested Dosage


Special Populations Precaution

There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Maltol populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Maltol.


Related Research

1. Antitumor pentamethylcyclopentadienyl rhodium complexes of maltol and allomaltol: synthesis, solution speciation and bioactivity. [J Inorg Biochem. 2014 May] Author: Dömötör O, Aicher S, Schmidlehner M, Novak MS, Roller A, Jakupec MA, Kandioller W, Hartinger CG, Keppler BK, Enyedy ÉA.

2. Spectroscopic properties, NLO, HOMO-LUMO and NBO of maltol. [Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc. 2014 Mar 5] Author: Krishnakumar V, Barathi D, Mathammal R, Balamani J, Jayamani N.

3. Two tetranuclear zinc clusters, [Zn4(μ3-OEt)2(μ2-MalO)4Et2] and [Zn4(μ3-GueO)2(μ2-GueO)2(μ2-MalO)2(MalO)2]·2C7H8, containing defective dicubane core geometries (MalOH is maltol and GueOH is guethol). [Acta Crystallogr C. 2012 Oct] Author: Petrus R, Sobota P.

4. Synthesis, characterization and biological properties of cobalt(II) complexes of 1,10-phenanthroline and maltol. [J Inorg Biochem. 2011 Mar] Author: Chin LF, Kong SM, Seng HL, Khoo KS, Vikneswaran R, Teoh SG, Ahmad M, Khoo SB, Maah MJ, Ng CH.

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