09/15/09
Amy

(Healthy Living) Aluminum Free Baking Powder


img_3944 When I think of baking powder, I think of yummy home-baked goods. Pancakes, muffins, waffles, coffee cakes…the list goes on!

Many of the common brands of baking powder are single-acting and contain aluminum. In recent years, there has been a lot of research examining whether or not aluminum contributes to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, and other diseases. Research is still not conclusive, but there are points of concern that are being examined such as elevated levels of aluminum found in the brain cells of many Alzheimer patients.

In our day-to-day life, our bodies are frequently in contact with products that contain aluminum. Deodorants, toothpastes, shaving creams and other bath and body products, water, and baking powder are a few examples. The baking powder, though, is an easy place to begin reducing the aluminum put into your body. It is a simple and cheap change to make. An added benefit is that when the aluminum is removed from baking powder, so is the bitter and metallic taste that baking powder is often known for.  So not only will your baked goods be healthier for you, but they will also taste better!

*Baking Tip – Look for “Double-Acting” baking powder to give your baked goods an added boost of fluffiness. Double-acting simply means that the leavening properties of the baking powder are released twice: when it comes in contact with liquids and then again with heat. This is especially important in gluten-free baking.

2 comments on “(Healthy Living) Aluminum Free Baking Powder

  1. Sara Parsons on said:

    I am so glad you posted this. I have stopped using baking powder which just meant if a recipe had baking powder I just avoided it. I didn’t realize that there was aluminum free baking powder. COOL!

    • Interesting. So you had stopped using baking powder because of the aluminum then? I hope this means many muffins and coffeecakes are in your future again!

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