Other Names:Citric Acid Monohydrate
Place of Origin: China (Mainland)
Type:Acidity Regulators, Antioxidants, Chewing Gum Bases, Colorants, Emulsifiers, Enzyme Preparations, Flavoring Agents, Nutrition Enhancers, Stabilizers, Sweeteners, Thickeners
Appearance&Smell: Colorless or White crystalline powder, odorless
Citric Acid is a weak organic acid. It is a natural preservative and is also used to add an acidic, or
sour, taste to foods and soft drinks. In biochemistry, it is important as an intermediate in the citric acid
cycle and therefore occurs in the metabolism of almost all living things. It also serves as an
environmentally benign cleaning agent and acts as an antioxidant.
Citric acid exists in a variety of fruits and vegetables, most notably citrus fruits. At room temperature,
citric acid is a white crystalline powder. It can exist either in an anhydrous (water-free) form
or as a monohydrate the monohydrate forms when citric acid is crystallized from cold water.