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- Apr 24 2018
What is Citric Acid?
It is an organic acid found in fruits especially citrus fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruit, pineapples, and oranges. It was isolated from a lemon using Aspergillus niger in 1784 by Carl Wilhelm Scheele. It has chemical formula C6H8O7. Now citric acid is isolated from GMO-corn and cultivated in the mold as now it is commercially used by the food processing industry as a preservative.
It plays a key role in igniting the metabolic process to create energy. If there is not enough amount of citric acid in the body then the entire energy-producing mechanism in the body is inefficient, and the body is no longer vital enough to heal and detoxify. It is also good for skin, it acts as an astringent. It can temporarily shrink pores, reduce oiliness and breakouts, regenerate skin cells, lighten and brighten skin, and even out skin tone. So it is commonly found in skin packs.
Citric acid is safe if it is taken in small amounts, too much citric acid can cause gastrointestinal distress, skin burning, tooth decay, and other ailments.
Commercially it is used in soft drinks and other beverages to boost flavors and to add a slightly sour taste. It is also used as a preservative and flavor enhancer in foods, including jams, gelatins, candies, frozen foods, canned vegetables and meat products.
It binds with calcium in the blood, which results in less calcium available to make kidney stones. If someone has a history of calcium oxalate kidney stones, consuming plenty of citrus fruits helps prevent stones from forming in the future. It also lowers the level of acidity in urine.
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