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Lactic Acid

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Potential Risk IndexTM:


Functions :
1. Antioxidant – Reduces oxidation to prevent the formation of free radicals which may be harmful to health
2. Preservative – Prevents and inhibits the growth of unwanted microorganisms which may be harmful

Lactic acid is a normal intermediate in the fermentation (oxidation, metabolism) of sugaris, found primarily in sour milk products, such as koumiss, laban, yogurt, kefir, and some cottage cheeses. The casein in fermented milk is coagulated (curdled) by lactic acid. Lactic acid is also responsible for the sour flavor of sourdough bread. In beer brewing some styles of beer (sour beer) purposely contain lactic acid. Most commonly this is produced naturally by various strains of bacteria, which ferment sugars into acids.

Lactic acid is an ingredient in processed foods and is used as a decontaminant during meat processing. It is produced commercially by fermentation of carbohydrates such as glucose, sucrose, or lactose, or by chemical synthesis. Carbohydrate sources include corn, beets, and cane sugar. It has a E number 270.

It is approved to use as food additive in EU. In US, it is generally recognized as safe food substance.

Scientific References :
1. PubChem:

Regulatory References :
1. EU Approved Food Additive [2018]

2. US FDA Food Additives Status List [2018]

3. US FDA Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) Food Substances [2017]

Safety and Hazards (UN GHS):

1. Causes skin irritation (H315)
2. Causes serious eye damage (H318)

Potential Health Concerns For:

1. Acidosis ( PubMed ID:18406487 )
2. Acidosis, Lactic ( PubMed ID:11356440 )
3. Confusion ( PubMed ID:11356440 )
4. Depressive Disorder ( PubMed ID:24008352 )
5. Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 ( PubMed ID:27094034 )
6. Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery ( PubMed ID:26079057 )
7. Liver Failure, Acute ( PubMed ID:16750869 )
8. Muscular Diseases ( PubMed ID:8147937 )
9. Myocardial Ischemia ( PubMed ID:3812268 )
10. Neurotoxicity Syndromes ( PubMed ID:12700465 )
12. Panic Disorder ( PubMed ID:3341469 )
13. Peripheral Nervous System Diseases ( PubMed ID:12700465 )
14. Seizures ( PubMed ID:10828528 )
15. Urticaria ( PubMed ID:9506221 )

Potential Health Benefits For:

1. Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions ( PubMed ID:10078349 )
2. Manganese Poisoning ( PubMed ID:21940818 )
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