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Citric acid (330) an often used food additive

The food additive Citric Acid (330) seems to be on just about every label I check. It is naturally derived from citrus fruits and imparts a sour or citrus flavor to food and beverages. It can also have a preservative effect. Most soft drink labels include citric acid, and you will also find it in icecream where it modifies fat cells, effervescent drinks and wine.

It is an acid regulator that can be purchased at any supermarket as a powder for the cook?s pantry. Cheese, beer, bath bombs and personal care products may also list it as an ingredient. It is even one of the few additives that can be used in infant foods.

In the Chemical Maze, Citric Acid gets a happy face but there is a cautionary note for people with allergies or intolerances to MSG as it can provoke similar symptoms.

Stomach ailments, eczema, hives and other skin irritations may be a result for some people but generally most can use it without issue. Next time it appears on an ingredients label there’s no real need for concern.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.

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