Baking Powder Warning: Are You Using the Wrong Brand?

 

Like many people, you may be loyal to certain brands when you buy groceries. You probably have the aisles of your favorite supermarket memorized, and you automatically reach for the same items over and over again.

In many cases, we “inherit” our brand preferences from our mothers. I know I did. My Italian mother was an avid baker and cook. As a child I certainly got used to seeing certain brands in the cupboards. When I grew up and it came time to stock my own pantry, I automatically reached for those familiar labels from my youth.

But things have changed a lot since you and I were little. We understand more about how the industrial revolution wasn’t such a good thing for our food supply. We know now the devastating effects that certain food additives can have on our bodies.

One of the major discoveries that has been made is the ravaging effect that aluminum has on the brain when it makes its way into the body. Alzheimer patients have been seen to have higher than normal accumulations of aluminum, and the connections between aluminum and dementia have been proven in scientific studies. Biological aluminum accumulation negatively impacts fertility, cognitive abilities, and more.

Let’s look at the aluminum content in some common baking powder brands.

Calumet Baking Powder

Calumet brand was started way back in 1889 by a baking powder salesman named William Wright. He sold his brand, named for the peace pipes used by Native American Indians used in his neck of the woods of Illinois. General Mills food company bought Calumet in 1929, who turned it into a household brand used by housewives across the country.

Ingredients in Calumet baking powder

Ingredients in Calumet baking powder

If you look at the ingredients on the back of the can of Calumet baking powder, you’ll notice that one of the ingredients is sodium aluminum sulfate.

 

 

 

 

Let’s look at another popular brand:

Clabber Girl Baking Powder

Clabber brand was started in 1899, and the name Clabber Girl was conceived in 1923. The whole company was started by two brothers named Herman and Francis Hulman, in Terra Haute, Indiana. It wasn’t long before Clabber Girl also became a popular name across America.

Ingredients in Clabber Girl baking powder

Ingredients in Clabber Girl baking powder

As you can see from the photo on the right,  the ingredient list on the back of the Clabber Girl baking powder also mentions the inclusion of sodium aluminum sulfate.

Why is Aluminum in Baking Powder?

As you know, baking powder helps baked goods to rise when liquid is added. Aluminum is an acid that, when added to the ingredients, enables the carbon dioxide gases to form bubbles (the leavening action) and makes your baked goods rise. So the job of aluminum in baking powder is to play the part of the acid so the product works.

How Does Aluminum-Free Baking Powder Work?

Aluminum-free baking powder ingredients contain no aluminum. Instead, they substitute the acid of the aluminum for a different acid ingredient, which varies by brand. Recently, a crop of aluminum-free baking powders have shown up on grocery shelves. Among them are:

  • Bob’s Red Mill Aluminum-Free Baking Powder
  • Rumford Aluminum-Free Baking Powder
  • Argo Baking Powder

Any of these three brands are preferable to Clabber Girl or Calumet. Please stop using baking powder with aluminum as an ingredient. There are lots of other options available to you, including making your own baking powder.

You can make your own perfectly good homemade baking powder using two common pantry items you probably have right now, sitting in your kitchen.

 

~Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

The Amazing Health Benefits of Curcumin

The more researchers study the health benefits of curcumin, the more they find. Curcumin is being found to have very real and measurable positive effects on a range of illnesses and disease, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer and more.

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Turmeric

Curcumin is the core component of the spice we know as turmeric. Turmeric is a very beautiful orange-colored spice that has been revered for centuries by Ayurvedic medical practitioners.

Ayurvedic medicine is based on a foundation of belief that natural remedies are to be found in nature. Specifically, Ayurvedic medicine practitioners use herbs, spices, and teas to treat ailments ranging from mild headaches and skin rashes, all the way to the most serious diseases and conditions.

Essentially, modern science is proving in the lab what Ayurvedic medicine practitioners have known all along – that curcumin is a potent remedy for human illness.

Curcumin has been the subject of many recent scientific studies conducted at top laboratories and educational facilities around the world. The stunning findings have been reported in the most respected and prestigious professional publications that exist in the world.

Here are some of the amazing benefits that have been reported with the integration of curcumin:

Curcumin Combats Brain Aging

Several factors can contribute to neurodegeneration, including chemical and biological stresses, head trauma, age, stroke, and symptoms due to disease.

The underlying processes involved with neurodegeneration are complex mechanisms that respond positively to treatment with curcumin.

Because curcumin passes through the blood-brain membrane, it is uniquely able to deliver its healthful benefits directly into the brain region. Curcumin has been shown to be effective against all eight of the biological mechanism malfunctions that precede neurodegeneration. In some studies, cognitive decline, especially as evidenced in patients with Parkinson’s disease, has been reversed in experiments done with laboratory test animals.

Curcumin Slows or Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease

In lab tests, curcumin actually slowed or prevented the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by drastically reducing the markers associated with this disease, oxidative stress and brain inflammation.

Curcumin has been proven to reduce the amount of beta amyloid deposits, which lead to plaque formation and subsequent cognitive decline as shown in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients.

Curcumin Battles Cancerous Tumors

Curcumin has been shown in labs to have the ability to battle lung, colon and prostate cancer. In one study, the diets of lab animals with lung cancer cells were supplemented with curcumin. After the study, the cancerous tumors were reduced by a whopping 36 percent. Other indications based on body chemistry tests showed that their survival expectancy increased by three times.

In another study, lab animals with colon tumors were given a dietary supplement of curcumin. The incidence of tumors was reduced by 40% in the animals, and their overall body inflammation was decreased.

Finally, a study conducted to find out how curcumin affects prostate cancer cells had similar results. The month-long curcumin supplementation in lab animals up-regulated the genes that inhibit tumor growth and down-regulated the genes that promote tumor growth. Subsequently, the animals given curcumin experienced reduced tumor number and size.

How to Incorporate Curcumin in Your Diet

As stated, curcumin is the core component in the spice turmeric. Turmeric is available in its original root form and, more commonly, as a powder that can easily be used during cooking. When sourcing turmeric, it’s essential to seek organic turmeric. Organic India provides high quality organic turmeric in bulk packages at reasonable rates.

Turmeric is best absorbed by the body in hot liquids. Therefore, making a tea with this spice is not only the easiest way to ingest it; it is the most efficient.

Turmeric is a bitter spice and the taste does require some getting used to. The flavor of turmeric tea can be enhanced with the addition of some cinnamon, along with a drop of honey if you desire a little sweetness. Turmerin Tea, as I call it, is delicious and filling, and even better because of its health benefits due to curcumin.

You can also incorporate curcumin into your diet by adding it to your Homemade Curry Sauce. Sprinkle it on your morning eggs, or stir some into your sandwich mayonnaise.