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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.

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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!!!

  13. Baking soda is a common household product that can be used as an effective cleaner. It can be used to clean hard to remove stains, clear drains, and it can act as a deodorizer to remove any foul odor.

    Best Regards!
    St Pancra’s Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  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

    Just wanted to say you rock! Thanks for the info you write easy reading informative material; keep up the good work.

  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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