It’s pretty insane, the level to which we are unaware of the high-skilled manipulation of our food supply. Before I share a shocking fact that I found out about baking powder, I want to discuss the difference between baking powder and baking soda.
The difference between baking powder and baking soda
Both baking powder and baking soda are leavening agents that help baked good get fluffy. However, they possess slightly different properties.
Baking powder is usually called for in recipes where there are alkaline (as opposed to acidic) ingredients; whereas, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is one of the ingredients in baking powder, which, when moistened, releases carbon dioxide causing baked products to rise.
Most Popular Baking Powder Brands are Bioengineered
Did you know that most conventional baking powder brands commonly use cornstarch as a buffer, which is usually derived from GMO corn? That’s why it is labeled, “Made from a bioengineered food.”
- Immune problems including allergies
- Accelerated aging
- Insulin resistance
- Gastrointestinal disease
- DNA damage
This is why most commercial baking powders should be avoided.
The USDA doesn’t have a standard for GMO-free labels, so any “Non-GMO” labels you see on product packaging are sheer marketing.
The exceptions are foods that are USDA certified organic, which are required by law to be non-GMO.
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Most Brands Contain Aluminum
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) warns that baking powders often utilize sodium aluminum phosphate or sodium aluminum phosphate as a leavening agent.
Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that inhibits more than 200 biologically important functions and causes many adverse effects in plants, animals, and humans. It is a poison that acts on the nervous system and has been linked to several serious health problems.
Recent medical reports suggest that ingested aluminum has a direct link to Alzheimer’s and attention deficit disorder. (study)
How to Make Your Own Baking Powder
For 1 teaspoon of baking powder,
Mix 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch. This can be scaled up or down, proportionally.