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Is racemic acid vegan?

Racemic acid is a vegan food ingredient.

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So, what is racemic acid?

Racemic acid is a crystalline organic compound with the molecular formula C3H6O2. It is a mixture of equal amounts of two enantiomers - D-lactic acid and L-lactic acid, which have identical physical properties but differ in their optical activity. Racemic acid finds its applications in various industries including pharmaceuticals, food additives, and cosmetics. It is used as a chiral building block for the synthesis of other chemicals and as a pH regulator in food products. Despite being a common laboratory reagent, racemic acid has a limited natural occurrence and is considered non-toxic to humans.

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