Malic acid is found naturally in apples, tomatoes and bananas and cherries. It has similar applications to citric acid and is the preffered acid in low calorie drinks, cider and apple drinks. However it has the disadvantage of being slightly more expensive than citric acid.
Malic Acid is used as a flavor enhancer in food preparation for confectionaries, beverages, fruit preparations and preserves, desserts, and bakery products. It is also essential in the preparation of medical products such as throat lozenges, cough syrups, effervescent powdered preparations, toothpaste and mouthwash. Additionally, Malic Acid is used in the manufacture of skin care products to rejuvenate and improve skin conditions.