The other day someone asked me about Citric Acid and if it is harmful. She is trying to eliminate harmful foods from her and her family’s diet. In just a few short paragraphs, I will answer that for her and you.
Citric acid is weak tricarboxylic acid found in citrus fruits. The highest food sources are lemons and limes. Although you won’t find citric acid listed in any database or calorie counting app, citrus fruits have been tested in labs to determine amounts.
You can find citric acid added to foods as a preservative. It has a sour and acidic taste. It is commonly used when canning tomatoes and in products that you add to fresh fruit to prevent it from turning brown. I have some in my cupboard for science experiments and home-made bath bombs!
Citric acid is perfectly safe. Your body breaks it down and excretes it through your urine. In fact, it may even be helpful in preventing calcium oxalate kidney stones. Studies show that citric acid can prevent the stones from forming. Studies are mixed on whether drinking lemon or lime juice can treat current kidney stones. But if stones are a concern for you, it certainly won’t hurt.
Bottom-line, there is no need to worry about citric acid in your food. There are more important things to think about…like what’s for dinner?
Please share: are there any food additives that you are concerned about and you want me write a blog post about?