Hidden Aluminum in Your Diet - Baking Powder

Recent medical reports suggest that ingested aluminum has a direct link to Alzheimer's and attention deficit disorder. Those of us with family members who suffer from either condition (or both) are acutely aware of the difficulties faced by victims of these ailments. It may be possible, through a treatment known as Aluminum-Abstinence Therapy (AAT), to help improve their day-to-day lives. Aluminum-Abstinence Therapy is simply the reduction or elimination of aluminum ingestion or absorption. While reports have long linked aluminum based deodorants and anti-perspirants to aluminum deposits in the brain, more recent studies indicate that aluminum in our food is at least as, and may be more, problematic.

Most baking powder products, a staple in some households, contain toxic levels of aluminum. Alternatives are to purchase specialty baking powders from Watkins, Rumford (not the Clabber Girl brand baking powder), and MarmeeDear & Co, among others.

However, for those who prefer homemade foods, here is a recipe for homemade, aluminum free, baking powder.

Homemade Baking Powder
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cream of tartar
1/4 cup corn starch
Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Store in an airtight container. When using this product, bake immediately after mixing up the recipe batter. Yield: One cup of baking powder.

Many pre-prepared foods also contain aluminum. Before buying a cake mix, a biscuit mix, a cornbread mix, or even a package of flour tortillas, check the labels. To be safe, check labels on everything from mixes to coffee creamer. While pre-packaged and pre-prepared foods are convenient, homemade foods are not only the best-tasting choice, most of the time they are the healthiest, too.

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