What function does citric acid have in drinks??

I have just made and elder flower cordial in which one of the ingredients was 2oz of citric acid and I just wondered what function it has ie. whether it is to preserve or WHAT?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Citric acid is a weak organic acid found in citrus fruits. It is a natural preservative and is also used to add an acidic (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.

    When applied to hair, citric acid opens up the outer layer, also known as the cuticle. While the cuticle is open, it allows for a deeper penetration into the hair shaft. It can be used in shampoo to wash out wax and coloring from the hair. It is notably used in the product "Sun-in" for bleaching, but is generally not recommended due to the amount of damage it causes

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  • 4 years ago

    Purpose Of Citric Acid

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    What is an elder flower?? It is not In my books.. Elder berry blossoms??

    2 oz ?? I have Ever Fresh and just a spoonful is very potent.

    You making 5 gallons.

    Let see the entire recipe....

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  • 4 years ago

    i do not study human-contrived, after the very reality funictions (nutrition acidulants, anticoagulants in blood tubes) besides the indisputable fact that the most importand, through a thoughts is thay it keeps you alive...as an significant ingredialt of the Krebs cycle, which occurs in each cellular on your body,

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  • WC
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    1 decade ago

    It is the main pathway by which carbs and fats are oxidized in the body.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it makes it sour

    also preserves

    also its very safe and ok to eat it

    Source(s): see Krebs Cycle for more info
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  • 1 decade ago

    It is a preservative

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  • 1 decade ago

    to drive the cost up

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    k

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