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Is citric acid edible?

Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2021-07-22      Origin: Site

Citric acid can be eaten, but not in excess. Citric acid is an important chemical raw materials, widely used in the food industry as flavor enhancer, solvent, antioxidant, deodorant, used in the pharmaceutical industry. The production of lemon, of course, can eat, citric acid as food acid, can enhance the body's normal metabolism, the appropriate dose of harmless to human body, But don't eat too much.

Citric acid is an important organic acid, also known as citric acid, colorless crystal, often containing a molecule of crystal water, odorless, has a strong sour taste, easily soluble in water. Its calcium salts are more soluble in cold water than in hot water, and this property is often used to identify and separate citric acid.


Anhydrous citric acid can be obtained by controlling the suitable temperature during crystallization. It is widely used in industry, food industry, cosmetic industry and so on.


Citric acid, also known as citric acid, chemical name 2-hydroxypropane-1,2, 3-tricarboxylic acid. According to its water content, it is divided into monohydrate citric acid and anhydrous citric acid. Citric acid is widely used in the food industry, accounting for more than 75% of the production, can be used as food acidity agent, antioxidant,pH regulator, used in cool drinks, jams, fruits and pastries and other foods.


Used in the pharmaceutical industry accounts for about 10%, mainly used as anticoagulant, antiacid, orthodontic, cosmetics and so on. Used in chemical industry accounting for about 15%, used as buffer, complexing agent, metal cleaning agent, mordant, gelling agent, toner, etc.


In the electronic, textile, petroleum, leather, construction, photography, plastics, casting and ceramics and other industrial fields are very broad.


Citric acid is mainly used as sour agent, solvent enhancer, buffer, antioxidant, deodorant, flavor enhancer, gelling agent, toner and so on. In addition, citric acid also inhibits bacteria, protects color, improves flavor, promotes sucrose transformation and so on.


Although citric acid is not directly harmful to human body, it can promote the excretion and deposition of calcium in the body. Long-term consumption of food containing citric acid may lead to hypocalcemia and increase the risk of duodenal cancer. Children have nervous system instability, easy excitability, autonomic nervous disorder; Adults are hand and foot convulsions, muscle spasms, paresthesia, pruritus and digestive tract symptoms.

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