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  1. Judy Gerber

    I don’t know about the other brands, but Arm and Hammer tests on animals. I don’t know about you, but I won’t buy those products.

    • Janet Bowden

      Thanks for this info, have bought A&H before and so glad I came across your comment, as I won’t be buying this again, due to being tested on animals!

      • anonymous

        Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Someone could have a bad experience and choose something like this to get people like you to stop buying the product. A&H does not test on animals. If you ever have questions why go to the internet and get answers from people that don’t know anything. Why don’t you just call the company directly?? UGH some people.

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  3. TheAntiFox

    Shop Rite(USA) “Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix” barcode 0 4119001614 3 – Ingredients panel on back of box, lower left-hand corner:


    So precisely, based upon how it is worded, what does that “SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE” refer to? Baking Powder?

    Just want to make sure.

    • Becky

      Based on how this is worded, “sodium aluminum phosphate” is just an ingredient in “leavening.” When an ingredient list includes parentheses like that, it means there are ingredients within ingredients. So, for another example from above, the ingredient “enriched bleach flour” is made up of bleached flour, malted barley, and everything else in that set of parentheses. So in conclusion, sodium aluminum phosphate is neither baking soda nor baking powder, it is an added ingredient that happens to be used in the “leavening” of choice for shop rite.

      • Ed P.

        Aluminum is added to SOME Baking POWDERs as an acidifying agent (others use Cream of Tartar) . The Acidifying agent (Aluminum in the above ingredients list) is to counter the alkaline taste that just Baking SODA will have.
        Baking SODA is Ph = 8.1 hence the alkaline taste.
        If you have ever tried to bake or make something and left out the Baking POWDER or the Cream of Tartar, you will soon see the difference in taste and texture.

        BTW…awesome article Betty!

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  6. Connie

    Its not the baking powder that contains aluminum, its the baking soda.

    • Connie

      You can reference to the book “Healing with Wholefoods” from Paul Pitchford, page 112. “Aluminum is picked from aluminum cookware and from drinking water (aluminum sulfate is frecuently used to filter municipal water and often is not completely removed). Baking powder and antiacid tablets are two other common sources.”

  7. Connie

    Sorry, backwards, its the baking powder that contains the aluminum.

  8. makerekam

    You’ve used the terms “Baking Powder” and “Baking Soda” as if they are synonyms. However, they are not. Baking Soda is is the base sodium bicardonate. Baking Powder contains both an acid and a base. The base is typically Sodium Bicarbonate. The acid constituent sometimes contains aluminum.

  9. Ya

    Thanks for an extremely informative article.

  10. Beware… We do need to look at the ingredients to see of Aluminum is in the baking soda… I have purchased BS with Aluminum before I knew to read labels.

  11. jane

    ofcourse here in the UK there is no confusion because baking soda is named bicarbonate of soda, and baking powder is baking powder, though the info is good because I did not know baking powder could have aluminium in it. thankyou for that

  12. Erin

    Thanks so much. Very informative article!!!

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  14. Hugh Whitmore

    With all due respect, If you believe an email from a large food company, you’re completely stupid.
    Big companies lie all the time. I’ve contacted many of them and I know for a fact they’ve lied to me.
    If you want to know for sure if baking soda, or any other product, contains aluminum, you have to test it yourself or find a lab you can trust.

  15. Christophrer

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  16. Baking soda does contain aluminum and bobs removed the label and will tell you theirs have it. They will also tell you ir cannot be removed.

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  18. Ken Wolkoff MD

    You are completely out of touch. The problem is with BAKING POWDER not baking SODA. You are completely confused and are misleading people. Baking powder needs to be aluminum free and aluminum is a serious metal toxin in the body. Those with an MTHFR1298 polymorphism in their genome have increased difficulty detoxing aluminum and that is a significant segment of the population. DO YOUR RESEARCH next time. You are welcome…

  19. debra andersohn

    I am thankful for this blog post. You have brought up a HUGE point here. There is a lot of misinformation out on the internet. Because of my own research regarding this subject about baking soda and aluminum, I ran into this post. While it may not be THE BEST option, it is my only option as the stores where I live only carry this brand. I’d rather just use it than pay for shipping for something else.

    Thank you again!

  20. Rob

    RE ;;;;;The Great Baking Soda Anti-Hoax, sounds like a Movie !

    HI Crunchy Betty,
    Thank you for a GREAT ARTICLE, I called Arm & Hammer and asked the Aluminum question, and they lady said ABSOLUTELY NOT, NO HEAVY METALS or Aluminum in Their Baking Soda. I as well as my Ancestors have used this product to clean, wash cloths, brush teeth, deodorant and for UP set stomach as well as the old man in Canada who mixes it with Maple Syrup and cured his Prostate Cancer. The Italian Doctor in Italy who discovered this cure did not specify any Brand,Just good old baking soda. So after all the B,S, is said and done, ITS ALL GOOD !

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