Baking soda is wonderfully inexpensive and quite effective as a natural remedy for many health issues. The purity of baking soda, however, is sometimes questioned, lest more harm be done with a questionable substance than good. Obviously if baking soda contains aluminum, many are not going to want to use it to improve health and inadvertently cause harm!
Does Baking Soda Contain Aluminum?
Baking soda is now and has always been aluminum-free.
About 10 years ago, one company started claiming their baking soda was “aluminum free,” casting suspicion on one the most trusted brands of baking soda, Arm & Hammer, which had been manufacturing baking soda for over 150 years.
Sadly, selfish marking techniques have led to years of confusion regarding the actual content of baking soda and forced companies to proclaim on their box that their baking soda is aluminum free.
The Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder
Baking soda is made of four elements – sodium, hydrogen, carbon and oxygen.
Baking POWDER contains baking soda (a base compound) and an acid compound.
Sometimes the acid compound used to make baking powder contains aluminum (sodium aluminum phosphate, for example.) Other baking powders contain a non-aluminum acid like monocalcium phosphate.
Always check labels when buying baking powder to avoid aluminum, but there is no need for this when purchasing baking soda!
Remember this rhyming rule of thumb:
Baking soda is a base, non-aluminum is always the case.
Baking powder is an acid, aluminum may be an included atom!
Baking powder and baking soda are both useful for cooking. Baking soda, additionally, is an excellent natural remedy both internally and externally. It is handy for cleaning, too!