A weak organic acid, a natural preservative/conservative also used to add an acidic or sour taste to foods and soft drinks.
Other Known Names: 3-carboxy-3-hydroxypentanedioic acid 2-hydroxy-1,2,3-propanetricarboxylic acid
Molecular Formula: C6H8O7
Applications: flavoring and preservative in food and beverages, especially soft drinks
Molar Mass: 192.124 g/mol (anhydrous); 210.14 g/mol (monohydrate)
Appearance: Crystalline White Solid
Density: 1.665 g/cm3 (anhydrous); 1.5g/cm3 (monohydrate)
Melting Point: 153°C