Gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and whole foods ingredients are sometimes confusing. Everyone knows what carrots are. But what about arrowroot starch, coconut oil, umeboshi vinegar, or miso? Here is a growing glossary of ingredients that may be slightly off the beaten path.
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Vitamin C crystals
pure powdered ascorbic acid, can be found in the vitamin section of health food stores. For people who cannot tolerate citrus or vinegar, it is an excellent substitute for that tart and tangy flavor. It also packs in a ton of vitamin C! I use 1/4 tsp dissolved in 1 Tbsp water as a substitute for 1 Tbsp of lemon juice. It also eliminates oxidation of fruits and some vegetables like celeriac, so they don't turn brown. It is often derived from corn, so if you are sensitive to corn, look for varieties derived from sago palm. However, I have corn allergies and have used corn-derived vitamin C crystals with no reactions. Awesome!