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Is citric acid and sodium bicarbonate an issue?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 30, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I see these additives in many frozen products to maintain color and freshness. I usually avoid all additives but I recently purchased Whole Foods 365 shredded hash browns and love them. The only ingredients are potatoes, citric acid (maintain color), and sodium bicarbonate (maintain freshness). This isn't a question on whether or not potatoes are paleo, I am specifically asking if those two additives should prevent me from purchasing and consuming these hash browns?

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on May 24, 2012
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Thanks, I learned a lot!

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on January 30, 2012
at 11:33 PM

Your reference to Wikipedia is why Wikipedia articles should be taken with a grain of salt, or at least fact checked. Seems like nonsense that references nonsense to me.

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on January 30, 2012
at 10:15 PM

Me too. Baking soda ftw.

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on January 30, 2012
at 10:12 PM

I should highlight that the problem with additives often isn't the actual substance, but the process and byproducts.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 30, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Citric acid the predominant acid in lemon or other citrus juice. Sodium bicarbonate is baking soda. I wouldn't avoid the hashbrowns for these two additives.

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on January 30, 2012
at 06:03 PM

They're both natural preservatives, so no I wouldn't be concerned.

I brush my teeth with sodium bicarbonate :)

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on January 30, 2012
at 10:15 PM

Me too. Baking soda ftw.

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Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on January 30, 2012
at 10:18 PM

I don't believe it should be a problem, but you could make your own?

Peel fresh potatoes, grate, and freeze em.

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on January 30, 2012
at 11:14 PM

im pretty sure citric acid or citrate as i know it is harmless. in fact your own body makes a shit load of both this acid and sodium bicarbonate or sodium bicarbonic acid all the time.

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D4d83e7981ca572aaaa19fc620bb54f1

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on January 30, 2012
at 10:08 PM

Citric acid can be a problem if you are intolerant to it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citric_acid_intolerance

I personally avoid it since it is usually produced via fermentation and often has glutamic acid as a byproduct:

http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources_printable.pdf

I used to react to MSG (monosodium glutamate), and found out that most of these synthetic preservatives are produced in a way that contains glutamic acid.

I choose products that are made with lemon juice instead.

I haven't found any reasons not to use sodium bicarbonate yet.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 30, 2012
at 11:33 PM

Your reference to Wikipedia is why Wikipedia articles should be taken with a grain of salt, or at least fact checked. Seems like nonsense that references nonsense to me.

D4d83e7981ca572aaaa19fc620bb54f1

(467)

on January 30, 2012
at 10:12 PM

I should highlight that the problem with additives often isn't the actual substance, but the process and byproducts.

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on May 24, 2012
at 11:49 AM

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on May 24, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Thanks, I learned a lot!

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