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E350 Sodium malates

E350 (i) Monosodium malate
E350 (ii) Disodium malate

Sodium salt of malic acid (E296), a natural acid present in fruits.

Function & characteristics:
Sodium malate is used as a buffer and flavouring.

S oft drinks, confectionery, etc.

Acceptable Daily Intake:
No limit, but the D,L - and D-isomers are not allowed in infant food, as infants lack the necessary enzymes to metabolise these compounds.

Side effects:
None known.

Dietary restrictions:
Malic acid and malates can be used by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.


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