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Ascorbic Acid

Ascorbic Acid is a sugar acid with antioxidant properties. It appears as white to yellow crystals or powder and it is water soluble. On common form of ascorbic acid is known as Vitamin C. 

Ascorbic acid is easily oxidized and so is used as a reducant in photographic developer solutions and as a preservative. Exposure to oxygen, metals, light or heat destroys ascorbic acid so it must be stored in dark cold and non metallic containers. 

Ascorbic acids and its sodium, potassium and calcium salts are commonly used as anti oxidants for food additives.