Potassium Malate (E351) – Overview, Uses, Side Effects & More

Additive Summary Potassium Malate (E351)
Essence Potassium Malate or E351 is a Potassium Salt of Malic Acid in food primarily used as an acidity regulator and a buffering agent which presents itself as a white crystalline powder that has a slightly acidic taste but no smell. Two different Potassium Malates are possible: 1) Dipotassium Malate or E351(i) and 2) Monopotassium Malate or E351(ii).
Names Potassium hydrogen malate, Potassium acid malate, 2-Hydroxybutanedioic acid potassium salt, Potassium DL-malate, CAS 585-09-1, Potassium Hydroxybutanedioate, E351, Potassium Malate, and others.
Sourcing  Malic Acid (E296) which is a substance naturally found in typically fruits and berries but also vegetables (like broccoli, spinach, cabbage, and others).
Manufacturing The sourcing ingredient in a solution is mixed with Potassium Hydroxide. This is typically done at a temperature of 50 to 70°C and pH levels of 7 to 8 to maximize the Potassium Malate formed. Finally, the additive undergoes filtration, drying, and purification.
Application Acidity regulator, flavor enhancer, texture modifier, pH stabilizer, and preservative. It is highly water-soluble.
Acceptable Daily Intake None determined.
Side Effects In very high amounts, gastrointestinal discomfort is not impossible. Additionally, it can contribute to Potassium levels in our bodies, hence, in theory, it can lead to complications due to that (only if consumed in huge amounts). In reality, that’s not very possible, however.
Benefits Once the additive enters our body, Potassium becomes available for absorption. Potassium is an essential mineral which in adequate amounts can lead to benefits like better energy levels, bone health, heart health, nerve health, muscle health, improved blood pressure levels, electrolyte balance, kidney function, and more.
Studies Less than 15 studies on Pubmed. No studies on safety.
Allergens None.
Diet Restrictions It depends. It can be but it can also not be Vegan, Vegetarian, Halal, or Kosher.
Health Knight Assessment Probably Harmless. | Hence, it’s a Category 2 Additive.
Products Potassium Malate can be used in processed foods like ham, instant noodles, and soft drinks. In theory, it can also be found in juices, fruit-based drinks, cookies, dressings, sauces, pastries, canned fruits, canned vegetables, gummies, candy, sweets, jellies, jams, yogurts, ice creams, and more.

Potassium Malate (E351) Side Effects Will Not Happen This Additive Can Be Present In Fruit-Based Drinks

Cakes Can Also Use This Acidity Regulator And Flavor EnhancerPotassium Hydroxybutanedioate Can Be Found In Ice Creams

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