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Citric acid

Chemical Formula:

Synonyms

2-hydrox-1,2,3-propanetricarboxylic acid

Description

Colorless odorless translucent crystals or powder. Strongly sour (acid) taste.

Uses

Citric acid is used as a food additive to make foods tart, or to adjust the acidity, or to mix with bicarbonates to generate carbon dioxide gas.

It is also used for its anti-oxidant properties, to prevent oils from becoming rancid.

Citric acid is highly astringent, and is used as a skin toner.

It is also used in ice creams to keep the fat globules separate, like the related compound sodium citrate.


citric acid: InChI=1/C6H8O7/c7-3(8)1-6(13,5(11)12)2-4(9)10/h13H,1-2H2,(H,7,8)(H,9,10)(H,11,12)/f/h7,9,11H


By Simon Quellen Field


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