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I just got a fruit salad from a bagel place that lists 'calcium ascorbate' as an ingredient (on plain fruit? really?) Whaat?

asked by @coffeepenknife about 6 years ago

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HalfPint
HalfPint

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added about 6 years ago

It's to keep the fruit from turning brown quickly. it's the calcium salt of ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

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susan g
added about 6 years ago

....so it serve the same purpose as squeezing lemon juice on the fruit -- no harm done.

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ChefOno
added about 6 years ago


To go a little further, calcium ascorbate is actually a form of Vitamin C so it's outright good for you, providing not only the vitamin but a good dose of calcium as well. This is a great example of how many ingredients with funny names are not the monsters we've been told we must fear.

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