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All About Baking Soda: Health Benefits & Uses


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What is Baking Soda?

NaHCO3 is very essential if you are planning to bake a cake. Hence we all have it stored in our fridge for sure! Now don’t be shocked. We were talking about the most common ingredient in our day-to-day lives, ‘Baking Soda’! Baking Soda aka Sodium Bicarbonate is a white powder used for various options. That is because baking soda releases carbon dioxide and the dough turns plump and well aerated

What Does Baking Soda Do?

Baking Soda is an alkaline that produces carbon dioxide when combined with an acid. Hence the small bubbles when they get trapped inside the dough, they inflate the dough as already mentioned. The substitutes can also be yogurt, lemon juice or even vinegar but baking soda is the most preferred product for baking. Upon decomposition, baking soda produces gas caused by heat above 80 degrees Celsius which doesn’t require the help of acid.

How Did It Become the Household Staple?

Baking soda was first stashed in the fridge of people to keep the fridges fresh. People looked for baking soda on a daily basis majorly for this cause. Then it was known that baking soda is a chemical leavener producing carbon dioxide in reaction to an acid (like vinegar). It produces bubbles that help the cake or cookie become tender, moist, and fluffy.

What are the health benefits of baking soda?

Traditionally, baking soda is an antacid that is very much useful for heartburn and indigestion as it can neutralize stomach acid. In fact, baking soda is also a boost for your workout. Studies show that people who consumed baking soda solution before a high-intensity workout had a good improvement level. They also experience low fatigue levels and less tiredness. This is indeed a great thing to experience for all the people out there who are trying to work out. 

Researches also show that baking soda can be a really valuable source against autoimmune situations in the near future. This means that the antacid in baking soda will help in shifting the pro-inflammatory immune cells in our body to those who fight inflammation. Sounds confusing? Well, it means that our immune systems have greater chances to improve with the help of baking soda. Now that’s a relief, right? 

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