Today's post is for all you wholefood bakers. Hooray for you baking from scratch so you know exactly what ingredients go into your cakes, biscuits and muffins. But did you know that most baking powders contain aluminium. Yes, aluminium. Nice huh?
As it is widely known, aluminium exposure has been linked with degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. If you are thinking 'oh but a pinch here and there surely can't hurt' and 'if it is dangerous for our health the food regulators wouldn't allow it to be sold.' Well, this is the problem with many foods sold today. It is the cumulative effect that is the problem, the toxic build up in our bodies that occurs as we are exposed to chemicals from different sources - polluted air, cleaning products, factory food, skin care products, deodorants and so on. The more we can minimise our exposure the better it is for our long term health.
Click over to Whole New Mom for a great post on this topic and a recipe to make your own baking powder. And if making your own baking powder is way down your list of priorities (mine too!) then you can buy aluminium free baking powder in most supermarkets and health food stores.
Every little change adds up to a big difference to your health and happiness.
If you want to catch up on the previous steps in this series go here.