Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Citric acid and ascorbic acid

There was some confusion on the mailing lists recently about citric acid and ascorbic acid. Here's what you need to know.

Both citric acid and ascorbic acid are SCD legal. However, both of them are usually derived from corn. Corn is cheap and ubiquitous and a bane on our society, but I digress.

Generally speaking, citric acid and ascorbic acid are highly refined and should not cause problems. But there are some exceptionally sensitive individuals who react to whatever corn happens to be in these products. Of course, there are some people who just can't tolerate citric acid and/or ascorbic acid for whatever reason.

So. They ARE SCD legal. But that doesn't mean they won't give you a problem. So, if you notice a product giving you issues, then stop eating it. OK? OK. :)


Annie said...


I LOVE your blog :)
(Love coffee too!)

I have a son (6) with allergies, no sign of any ASD as far as I know, but like you I have an autoimmune disorder. I have flare ups of RA and fibromyalgia. Only recently I've realised I have ADD.

I have Elaine's book and hope to get into it full swing some time in 2009. In the meantime I've found avoiding gluten and all grains to be a good intermediate step.

I'm saving your blog to my favourites! Heartfelt thanks for taking the time to share so much great info!

Best to you both,
Annie and Sparkles (Mr6).
New Zealand.

The SCD girl said...

Hi Annie! Thanks for stopping by and welcome aboard! :)


Anonymous said...

Hi: I just want to say that there is a Brand of Ascorbic Acid that is Corn Free. It is "Vitamin C Crystals" and "Vitamin C Powder" by Douglas Labs

Anyway, if someone is looking for a corn free brand these are the two that I found I can use. I problems with corn too. Sincerely,
Cathi G.
Ventura, CA
Started SCD Diet: March 22, 2012, one year on March 22, 2013.