Phosphoric acid (E338) is a clear, odorless liquid commonly used as an acidifier in the food and beverage industry. It is an inorganic acid containing phosphorus, hydrogen and oxygen. Phosphoric acid is commonly used to add sour or pungent flavors to a variety of food and beverage products.
Some common uses of phosphoric acid in the food industry include:
- Soft drinks: Phosphoric acid is a key ingredient in many carbonated soft drinks, providing a rich, rich flavor.
- Acidic Foods: It is used in some acidic foods to adjust the pH and enhance the sour taste.
- Flavoring agents: In some cases, phosphoric acid is used as a flavoring agent to help enhance the overall taste of the product.
- Canned and jarred foods: It can be used in some pickled foods to help maintain acidity and act as a preservative.