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    Malic Acid

    Malic Acid in Tradeasia

    IUPAC Name

    2-Hydroxybutanedioic Acid

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    Basic Info


    White Crystalline Powder

    Common Names

    Malic Acid


    25 Kg Bag

    Brief Overview

    Malic acid is an organic compound with the formula HO2CCH2CHOHCO2H. It is a dicarboxylic acid made from living organisms which contributes to the pleasantly sour taste of fruits and is used as a food additive. Malic acid has two stereoisomeric forms (L- and D-enantiomers), though only the L-isomer exists naturally. The salts and esters of malic acid are known as malates. The malate anion is an intermediate in the citric acid cycle.

    Manufacturing Process

    Oxidation of benzene and butane produces malic anhydride, which further hydrolyses to obtain malic acid.

    Food Industry

    Malic acid is added to many food and candies to give a tart taste. Like some sodas, fruity-tasting candies and confections rely on malic acid as a flavouring agent. Malic acid can be used to preserve or enhance some flavours in processed foods that lose some of their natural flavourings during processing, like canned fruits.

    Pharmaceutical Industry

    Malic acid is beneficial in lowering blood pressure. It is also used as a cleansing agent for tooth cavity filling. The malic acid removes food particles in the mouth and leaves a completely clean surface for the dentist to work on, all while being safe to swallow in small amounts. Malic acid is a common ingredient in chemical peels. A chemical peel is applied to the skin to burn away the first layer of dead skin, leaving smooth, fresh skin underneath.

    Other Application

    Malic acid is a pH-balancing agent in many cosmetics, rendering these products safer for skin application.

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