If you are one of those people who read the labels on virtually anything they buy, the chances are you will spot “citric acid” as one of the most common ingredients in most packaged foods. This compound is naturally found in citrus fruits and it acts as potent preservative. In addition, it is an effective emulsifier and cleaning agent.
Back in the 18th century, citric acid came to be used as a mold inhibitor. Ironically, the mold-fighting agent has been chemically produced from MOLD since the 20th century.
What Is Citric Acid?
Did you know that all organic forms contain citric acid, an antioxidant which is being used in various processes of the metabolism?
On average, the body produces and processes about two pounds of citric acid daily, the excess of which is then removed through the urine. As for plants, fruits, and veggies, the ones with the highest concentration of citric acid include hibiscus, cocoa, kiwi, pineapple, and citrus fruits.
What is Citrate?
Citrates and citric acid are often used interchangeably, while the truth is that the first one is derivative of the latter. It is worth noting that citrate levels are much higher in fruits compared to other produce.
The major downfall of this substance is the fact that high levels of it in the body can lead to renal dysfunction, bone disease, and kidney stones. On the other hand, the prostate benefits from higher levels of this substance, and naturally, produces more of it.
The problem with manufactured citrates is that they are typically combined with other chemicals and minerals, to eventually create the following:
- Calcium citrate: Used in drugs to address low calcium levels in the bones and the blood
- Fentanyl citrate: A highly addictive injectable analgesic
- Gallium citrate: A radioactive substance used in medical procedures for cancer diagnosis
- Alverine citrate: A drug used to treat gastrointestinal disorders
- Magnesium citrate: Used as a pre-operative colon cleanser and in laxatives
- Potassium citrate: Used in drugs to lower the risk of kidney stones
- Sodium citrate: An acidity regulator, preservative, and emulsifying agent
- Zinc citrate: A dietary supplement and personal care ingredient
The Modern Citric Acid Formula
About hundred years ago, citric acid was derived from lemons. However, as the costs rose, the formula changed. Now, it is derived from black mold, the same thing that is associated to a wide range of illnesses.
“Black mold is able to efficiently (and cheaply) convert sugars into citric acid. By feeding sucrose or glucose—often derived from corn starch—to the black mold, a citric acid solution is created. Corn is highly likely to be genetically modified (GMO). The resulting solution is filtered out from the mold, and the citric acid is precipitated from the solution and processed into the final, usable form using lime and sulfuric acid.”
Outside of the body. black mold causes damage to the environment. When ingested or inhaled, it causes asthma, headaches, nausea and vomiting, bleeding from the lungs and nose, chronic fatigue, and respiratory irritation.