So you may be asking, what exactly is citric acid?
You may have seen it on ingredients lists on the back of packages but never really thought much about it. Citric acid is typically naturally derived from citrus and is often used to preserve food. Citric acid also has a strong presence in the beauty industry (ie what gives bath bombs their FIZZ!). Today’s article explores ways to use citric acid and reviews a few things to keep in mind when you see citric acid listed on the back of food packages. Let’s dive right in!
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- For more than 100 years, citric acid has been used as a preservative, emulsifier and to add a sour taste to many food dishes!
- In 1784, Carl Wilhelm Scheele discovered citric acid for the first time from lemon juice!
- In the science world, the chemical formula for citric acid is C6H8O7.
- Citric Acid is naturally very astringent and has been shown to temporarily shrink pores, reduce oiliness, even out skin tone and regenerate skin cells. Sign me up!
- Ascorbic acid and citric acid are both naturally occurring in citrus fruits but there is actually no vitamin C found in citric acid. Talk about a plot twist!
- Today, 50% of the world’s production of citric acid is used for making soda! When citric acid is used in soda it gives the drink a sour flavor and helps balance out the sweetness in soda pop.
- Citric acid actually makes it easier for your body to absorb certain minerals. A great example of this would be, magnesium. Magnesium is much better absorbed into the body when paired with the ph level of citric acid since it is naturally very acidic.
- Citric acid helps your body detox! Citric acid stimulates the body's cellular energy production so that your body can detoxify and cleanse!
- Citric acid has been shown to help speed up your metabolism and supports weight loss. Score!
Things you Should Know
- The large majority of citric acid that is commercially used today is no longer sourced from citrus and is now derived from GMO corn and cultivated from black mold! Yep, you read that right, black mold! Yikes... To avoid this be sure to contact companies to ensure that they are using naturally derived or organic citric acid.