Calcium salt of lactic acid (E270), a natural acid produced by bacteria in fermented foods. All fermented foods are very rich in lactic acid. Commercially produced by bacterial fermentation on starch and molasses. Also produced in large amounts in the large intestine by the resident bacteria.
Function & characteristics:
Lactic acid and lactates are used as preservatives, mainly against yeasts and fungi. It is mainly used to stabilize the structure of fruits, vegetables and potatoes during processing. It also has anti-oxidant activity.
cream, cheese, icecream, soup, baking powder
Side effects :
No side effects in adults. D- or DL-lactates (stereoisomers) should not be given to babies and small children, as they have not yet developed the appropriate enzymes in the liver to metabolise these forms of lactate.
Dietary restrictions :
None, lactic acid and lactates can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians. Although the name refers to milk, it is mot made from milk and thus suitable for people with milk allergy or lactose intolerance.
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