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What are the main application areas of citric acid?

With the development of aquaculture, organic acid additives are more and more widely used in livestock and poultry production, among which citric acid is a commonly used organic acid

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With the development of aquaculture, organic acid additives are more and more widely used in livestock and poultry production, among which citric acid is a commonly used organic acid.Citric acid  is colorless translucent crystals or white granules, or white granular powder, odorless, extremely sour in taste, easily soluble in water, and deliquescent slowly in the humid air. It can participate in metabolism in the body, improve feed conversion rate, promote growth, and improve the body’s disease resistance. The applications in animal husbandry are as follows:

1. Application in pig raising

1. Citric acid can reduce the pH value of the diet, reduce the pH value in the gastrointestinal tract of piglets, reduce the incidence of diarrhea, and promote the absorption and utilization of minerals in the feed by fat.

2. Improve the palatability of the diet, increase the feed intake, and promote the growth of piglets.

3. Regulate the emptying speed of the stomach, prolong the residence time of food in the stomach, fully mix the food with the digestive juices such as saliva and gastric juice, and promote the digestion and absorption of nutrients.

4. Citric acid is a synergist of feed antioxidants, preventing feed oxidation. The citric acid in feed can promote the secretion of gastric juice and digestive enzymes, and reduce the stress of weaning piglets.

2. Application in cattle breeding

Feeding citric acid to cows increases appetite, promotes health, and increases milk production. It can improve the metabolism of sugar, accelerate the decomposition of metabolic waste in the body, make the blood slightly alkaline, promote the secretion of gastric juice, and have the effect of sterilization and detoxification.

To sum up, citric acid can improve palatability and increase appetite for livestock, thereby increasing feed intake and promoting growth. Therefore, citric acid is widely used as an additive in feed and is widely used in livestock and poultry production.

Citric acid can be divided into citric acid monohydrate and citric acid anhydrous according to its water content. There are many application fields of citric acid, and more than 75% are used in the food industry.

The main  application of citric acid  are as follows:

Food industry: Because citric acid has a mild and refreshing sour taste, it is mostly used in various beverages, soft drinks, canned juices, dairy products, etc. Because the citric acid can also be used as an antioxidant in edible oils in addition to being a flavoring agent.

Chemical and textile industry: In chemical technology, citric acid can be used as a reagent for chemical analysis, experimental reagent, chromatographic analysis reagent, complexing agent, masking agent, and can also prepare buffer solution. When citric acid is used as a builder, it can improve the performance of washing products and cause metal ions to precipitate rapidly.

Environmental protection field: citric acid-sodium citrate  buffer  can be used for flue gas desulfurization. Citric acid sodium citrate buffer is a highly valuable sulfur absorbent due to its low vapor pressure, non-toxicity, and stable chemical properties.

Livestock production: Adding citric acid to piglets’ feed can improve feed utilization. In addition, citric acid soil is a new and efficient feed additive, which can promote animal growth, improve product quality, and improve disease resistance and survival rate after use.

Pharmaceutical industry: Citrate ions and calcium ions can form a soluble complex that is difficult to dissociate, thereby reducing the concentration of calcium ions in the blood and hindering blood coagulation.

In addition to the main application areas of citric acid, there are many other application areas of citric acid, such as cosmetics, for sterilization, because it is also transformed into higher organisms, it can also be used for body maintenance.


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