Citric Acid Monohydrate / Anhydrate
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Citric acid is a weak organic acid commonly used in the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry. The parent base of citric acid, citrate, is a component of the Krebs cycle, and occurs naturally during metabolism in all living organisms. It is found naturally in citrus fruit such as lemons and limes and is used as a natural preservative. Monohydrate citric acid has one water molecule as part of it’s chemical formula, and exists as a white powder.
Citric acid is mainly used as an acidulant, flavorant and preservative in foods and beverages. It is also used as an antioxidant, plasticizer and detergent, builder. In edible oils citric acid is used to metal sequester that synergizes the effect of antioxidant TBHQ.