With the new version of Dr. Campbell-McBride’s book (Gut and Psychology Syndrome™) there was a very important change on the Not Allowed foods list. Originally we didn’t use baking soda on full GAPS™ because in the old book we weren’t allowed to have it (that we could see anyway). So we valiantly worked on methods to make baked goods without a rising agent and did very well – if I do say so myself. But a friend of ours had gotten the new book and in the course of reading it called us excitedly.
She told us we could have baking soda! My first reaction was “Where? Where did it say that?” Well if you look at the book there is a little note tacked on the Not Allowed foods list, and I quote:
“Baking powder and raising agents of all kinds apart from pure bicarbonate of soda.” (emphasis mine)
I was so happy. I bet I did a dance in the kitchen – I’m grinning just thinking about it. Baking soda makes such a difference in baked goods! Were they were really good before now they’re just excellent. But I got to wondering, questioning person that I am, and asked “What’s pure baking soda?”
“Do people sell unpure baking soda? And how do I avoid that?”
Yes there is a technical explanation that I don’t care to copy and paste as I found it a little boring, but you can buy unpure baking soda. Don’t worry that pure baking soda is going to cost you an arm and a leg though. It won’t.
And if you’ve been in your local health food store and seen the price of Bob’s Red Mill™ baking soda don’t hit the roof yet. I’ll be really honest with you – if you go to a health food store for baking soda you’ll spend way more then you need to. Sure it’s safe, and if you feel really uncomfortable using anything else by all means use it! I just can’t justify spending more money on something that should be super affordable.
But what about Aluminum?
Due to a little phrase on the front of Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda “Aluminum Free” health food people have been speaking out against any type of baking soda that doesn’t say aluminum free. At one point it was important to say this on the front of their packaging because people were using aluminum in their baking soda – but you don’t have to worry about that much anymore. Most companies have made the aluminum free switch, and if your buying pure baking soda it won’t have aluminum in it anyway.
Okay but what about Arm and Hammer™?
I’ve heard several people question whether or not Arm and Hammer baking soda contained aluminum. After all it didn’t state on the front that it didn’t. So from several people I’ve talked to there seems to be the idea that it contains aluminum and should be avoided.
Only problem for those people is it isn’t true.
That’s right Arm and Hammer baking soda is aluminum free! Now you can buy a big bag of affordable, baking soda and know that it’s safe for you and you’re family.
If you’re wondering how I know this know that I’m just brilliant that way. Just kidding. In all seriousness I emailed the company (which if you have a question you should ask them), and here was their reply:
“Thank you for taking the time to contact Church & Dwight Co., Inc. regarding ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda.
In response to your inquiry, ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda is 100% sodium bicarbonate and does not contain aluminum.” (emphasis mine)
So I hope that clears up any questions you’ve had about baking soda, but if you still have a question about it feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll try to answer it as soon as possible.
(The above mention of Bob’s Red Mill is meant to be informative, and is in no way against their company or product.)