There is a difference between sensitivity to citrus and citric acid. Here is the activated link that Margie gave www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~vclarke/ ci tric.html As noted in the article, citric acid is used in a wide variety of manufactured foods and most commonly is made from fermenting cane sugar or molasses. A quote from the link about how it is manufactured is: "Most commonly, by fermenting cane sugar or molasses in the presence of a fungus called Aspergillus niger. It can also be obtained from pineapple by-products and low-grade lemons, but basically, most of the citric acid that's used as a food additive is mould extract. (Yeast allergy sufferers have to avoid it for exactly that reason, apparently)."
Note the comment about yeast allergy sufferers. I have a sensitvity to yeast and molds so I limit my exposure to them. Barb
I have to limit citric acid and can't eat oranges and things because it makes me break out quite badly. And it's itchy. The doctor says it's not a rash, but it's obviously linked somehow. But then I had hives on my face from corn and it was diagnosed as acne.
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Citric acid intolerance From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Citric acid intolerance is a little-known type of food intolerance in which sufferers report various symptoms in response to foods or other products containing citric acid that they attribute neither to its properties as an acid nor to an Aspergillus niger hypersensitivity. (In addition to foods naturally rich in citric acid, the fungi Aspergillus niger is a common source of citric acid.) A form of citrate metabolism called the Citric acid cycle is an essential step in the production of Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for human beings and all other eukaryotes. This process takes place in the mitochondria of all cells that contain them. However, according to a website by Vicky Clarke, some people report gas, bloating, cramps, diarrhea, or skin rashes after contact with citric acid. As with all food intolerances, symptoms may vary between individuals and can mimic those of a food allergy. References 1. http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~vc larke/citric.html
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