Aluminum-Free Baking Powder

 When baking quick breads and muffins or cookies, use baking powder that is aluminum-free. Studies have shown that aluminum salts can be absorbed from the intestines and concentrated in various human tissues, and that high aluminum levels are found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. In addition, aluminum is linked to bone degeneration and kidney dysfunction.

With all this known, you probably would wonder why aluminum is allowed in baking powder and why anyone would use it. The baking powders that contain aluminum are ‘double-acting’ indicating that although some of the leavening power is released when the mix is prepared, the greater leavening takes place when the item is baked. This produces a very fine, light texture, and is appreciated particularly in commercial baking, where mixes often sit for long periods before they go into the oven. But it isn’t necessary for your baking. For a lighter texture, bake the mix immediately.

Or make your own baking powder from:

1 parts cream of tartar

1 part baking soda

2 parts arrowroot

Prepare ahead of time and keep on hand. Store in an airtight container.



One Response to “Aluminum-Free Baking Powder”
  1. hiphostess says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I eliminated aluminum a few years ago – that meant switching baking powder, salt and deoderant/ antipersperant.

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