Citric acid (E330)

One of the most popular food additives, which is actively used in the culinary and food industries, is citric acid (citric acid formula - E330) is an organic type acid with a weak effect, which can be as part of a variety of vegetables and fruits, especially in the composition of citrus fruits. The maximum amount of E330 is in lemon and lime (up to eight percent is approximately forty-seven grams per liter of juice).

Under normal conditions, citric acid has a white color and a fine crystal form. The powder dissolves perfectly in water.

The human body also has citric E330. Derivatives of E330 - salts, are involved (and simply irreplaceable) in the process of bone formation, as well as in the process of adjusting the size of calcium crystals. Salt additives in biochemistry are of great importance, as it is an intermediate link in the cycle of tricarboxylic acids, which are actively involved in metabolic processes.

For the first time began to produce citric acid from citrus juice in early 1890 in Italy. To date, the most large-scale method of this food additive is the biosynthesis of various sugary components using industrial strains of the mold fungus Aspergillus niger.

According to estimates for 2017, 1.6 million tons of E330 were produced in the world, which is mostly produced in China. To date, more than fifty percent of the production of this food additive is added to the compositions of various drinks, thus regulating their level of acidity, and also acting as a preservative: approximately twenty percent is used in the production of various food products, approximately twenty percent is added in the production of various detergents. funds. And only ten percent are actively used in cosmetics, the chemical industry and pharmaceuticals.

Citric acid, E330 - use in food

Today, this additive is in the kitchen of any housewife. Both E330 and its salts (sodium, calcium and potassium citrates) are actively used in the production of various foods and drinks (especially non-alcoholic) in order to improve taste, regulate the level of acidity, and also as a natural preservative.

E330 forms chelate complexes (compounds), which are actively involved in the delivery of a variety of useful and nutritious substances to the body in a fairly light and digestible biological form. Citrate buffering properties are used to adjust pH in household chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

As emulsifiers, the food additive E330 is added during the production of ice cream - this additive prevents the separation of fats, is also added to caramel in order to reduce the process of crystallization of sucrose, and in any dishes as a taste stimulant.

E330 as a food additive is present together with sodium bicarbonate in a variety of effervescent drinks, as well as in other effervescent products (powders and tablets), in cosmetic products (bath bombs, aromatic salt, etc.). Additive E330 is quite often found in the composition of cleaning products.

It is also worth noting that the additive is actively used in cooking, as it has preservative properties, adds flavor to foods, and is also used as a substitute for vinegar.

Citric acid in cooking

Citric acid is actively used in cooking. There is a wide variety of recipes with blanks for the winter using the E330.

Recipe for making tomatoes with citric acid at home: you need to take a liter jar, put four peas of allspice or black pepper on the bottom, three cloves, two cloves of garlic, one thin carrot, two slices of bell pepper. After that, small tomatoes are laid out. Fill the jar to the top with boiling water and cover with a lid. In order to prevent the tomatoes from bursting, it is recommended to pierce each tomato with a needle at the footboard before placing it in jars. Banks of boiling water should be left to stand for fifteen to twenty minutes. While the tomatoes are infused in boiling water, you need to prepare the marinade. For one liter of marinade, you need to take one tablespoon of salt, three tablespoons of sugar, one teaspoon of citric acid. Bring the marinade to a boil. Drain the water from the jars, pour boiling marinade, roll up. It is recommended to consume tomatoes in a month. The winter citric acid recipe is a great and much tastier alternative to the vinegar recipe. Pickling with citric acid is much healthier for the body, and products are stored for a long period of time.

The combination of soda and citric acid is actively used in baking - they play the role of baking powder.

Citric acid can be added to a variety of drinks, borscht dressings (to adjust acidity), creams, etc.

Use of citric acid in the home

E330 can be used to descale the kettle. How much citric acid should be added to fight scale? For one teapot, you need to fill one bag of lemons, pour water, bring to a boil and leave to stand for half an hour, then just rinse the teapot thoroughly.


How to clean the washing machine with citric acid from scale? To do this, you need to put two sachets of citric acid into the drum of the machine, put one kitchen towel, set the washing temperature to the maximum and start washing. It is recommended to clean the washing machine with citric acid once a month - this way you can keep the heating element working for many years.

You can clean all plumbing in the bathroom with citric acid. How to clean the faucet in the bathroom with citric acid? To do this, you need to take toothpaste, soda and citric acid in equal proportions, apply to the desired areas, leave for a few minutes, then rinse with water.

Citric acid - harm and benefit

If you use citric acid with food, it does not cause any harm to the body. In acceptable dosages, the E330 food type supplement has a beneficial effect on the body, filling it with health and vitamins.

E330 is always in reasonable amounts in the human body, taking an active part in metabolic processes, and if you combine the use of E330 with a variety of foods, it activates the Krebs cycle, therefore, significantly speeding up metabolic processes.