Citric Acid

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Names

Chemical Name: 2-hydroxy-1,2,3-propanetricarboxylic acid

Common Name: Citric Acid

Chemical Formula and Its Uses

Chemical Formula: C6H8O7

Uses of Citric Acid: It is a preservative used in many applications including canning, flavoring, cleaning, and photography development

Common Things That Contain Citric Acid

Most fruits contain citric acid

Physical Properties of Citric Acid

Citric Acid id colorless, odorless crystals with an acid taste

Other Facts About Citric Acid

1. Citric acid is responsible for the tart and sour taste of lemons, and to a lesser extent other citrus fruits and some berries

2. Citric acid is mainly used to add a tangy sour flavor to soft drinks

3. Citric acid makes it easier for the body to absorb some minerals