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E300 Ascorbic acid

Vitamin C

A cid, which occurs naturally in most fruits and vegetables. Commercially synthesised by bacterial fermentation of glucose, followed by chemical oxidation.

Function & characteristics:
Ascorbic acid is vitamin C; however, it cannot be added as a vitamin supplement when labelled E300. When added to foods it functions as an anti-oxidant and bread enhancer.

Many different products.

Acceptable Daily Intake:
No limit.

Side effects:
No side effects known in the concentrations used.

Dietary restrictions:
None ascorbic acid and ascorbates can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.


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