What are some of the fruits and vegetables that contain citric acid?
Citric acid occurs naturally in lemons, limes, pineapples, grapefruits, berries (not blueberries), tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, and some varieties of peppers.
What are some common uses of citric acid?
Citric acid is used in insecticides and disinfectants to help destroy bacteria and viruses. It is used to preserve and marinate meats, and flavor foods and beverages. For example, citric acid is used in wine to reduce low acidity and improve taste.
Is citric acid safe to use?
Yes, citric acid is generally safe to use as a food additive and in a variety of other applications. If the juice from citrus fruit gets into the eyes, flush the eyes with water. To help protect tooth enamel, rinse the mouth after consuming food and drinks that contain citric acid. Many cosmetic and personal care products contain citric acid and its salts as preservatives.