What is calcium gluconate (E578) and what is it used for?

Calcium gluconate is the calcium salt of gluconic acid that can be used as a mineral supplement and medicine. In the food industry, it functions as an acidity regulator, firming agent and sequestrant.

Foods with this label can be safely consumed by people with gluten allergies and vegans.

Main important points about E578 – Calcium Gluconate:
It is a sequestrant.
It is safe.
Allowed in the Czech Republic.
We recommend.

Production E578

Calcium gluconate is produced from gluconic acid by neutralizing it.

What is calcium gluconate used for?

It is used as a thickener, buffer, sequestrant, acidity regulator, base of artificial sweeteners and as a mineral supplement in foods. Among other things, we can also find it in lozenges, breath fresheners and food supplements.

Examples of foods and drinks that sometimes contain E578:

  • processed and preserved fruit
  • chewing gums
  • lozenges
  • canned vegetables
  • bakery products
  • puddings
  • dairy products
  • condensed and powdered milk

Is E578 healthy?

So far, no negative effects on the human organism have been detected.

Use in the EU vs. USA vs. world

E578 is approved for use as a food additive in the EU (except baby food) and generally recognized as a safe food substance in the US.