E302 Calcium ascorbate antioxidant

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Calcium ascorbate



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Calcium salt of ascorbic acid (vitamin C, a natural acid), which occurs naturally in most fruits and vegetables. E302 is commercially synthesised by bacterial fermentation of glucose, followed by chemical oxidation and, like E300, it is used as an antioxidant, a colour preservative and as a vitamin supplement.

Vitamin C, essential for growth, healthy teeth, gums, bones, skin and blood vessels and aiding the absorption of iron, is found naturally in many fresh fruits and vegetables.

It can be found in bouillons, consommés, scotch eggs and other food products.

Some fear that it may increase the formation of calcium oxalate stones in the urine and should therefor be avoided by those with a predisposition to kidney stones.

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