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Is acid bad for you?

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Acids are not inherently dangerous or bad for the health. Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, is important in many body processes. Very strong acids, however, are dangerous and corrosive.

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An acid is any compound with a pH lower than seven. Ascorbic acid is vital for metabolic processes in living things, wound-healing and iron uptake. A deficiency of ascorbic acid causes health problems, including scurvy.

Some strong acids, such as sulfuric and hydrochloric acid, are potentially corrosive substances capable of causing burns on contact with skin. Despite the corrosive nature of pure hydrochloric acid, it is important in the body as a component of stomach acid.

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