(Please forgive me for asking this if it's obvious, but it's not obvious to me.)

EDIT: I am easily confused by chemistry, so please give me a very simple answer, followed by any lengthy further explanation (if you feel it's needed.) Please pretend you are speaking to a 5 year old. Thank you in advance.

Does baking soda (sodium bicarbonate?) permanently eliminate vitamin C's nutritional properties? This question seems to say baking soda would not. Am I correct?

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    $\begingroup$ "Denature" isn't the right word, vit. C gets oxidised, by many things, but NaHCO3 isn't one of them. $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Mar 27 '21 at 0:44
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know what that means in terms of this question, but I'll reword it. Thank you. $\endgroup$ Mar 27 '21 at 0:49
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    $\begingroup$ Sodium bicarbonate causes mildly alkaline pH, at which L-ascorbic acid ( vitamin C ) oxidizes in solutions by aerial oxygen faster than alone. Just for illustration, concentrated acid solutions strongly alkalized by sodium hydroxide turns from colourless to thick yellow rather quickly. $\endgroup$
    – Poutnik
    Mar 27 '21 at 6:33
  • $\begingroup$ So, the charlatans pushing lemon juice and bicarbonate are actually pushing beverages with reduced vit C content.... $\endgroup$
    – Alchimista
    Mar 27 '21 at 9:54
  • $\begingroup$ @Alchimista So, is that a question for Poutnik or a statement/answer for me? $\endgroup$ Mar 27 '21 at 18:19

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