Does Baking Soda contain Aluminum?

Yesterday, I watched a video on Facebook on how a woman suggested adding a pinch of baking soda into your coffee to reduce the acidic level of your coffee. She says that she uses a brand of baking soda that does not contain aluminum.

This got me thinking….does the baking soda we have contain aluminum? I looked at the ingredients on the label…and no, it does not. We use good ole Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.

I decided to research this online and found the article below. By the way, I am going to try the pinch of baking soda in my coffee to reduce the acidic level.I will comment below on the results.

Enjoy!

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

Baking soda

I think we can all agree…

… that baking soda is pretty magical stuff. Of course it’s what makes our baked goods rise and get all fluffy, but it’s also good for deodorizing stinky stuff, cleaning carpet spots, making DIY cleaning pastes, and scrubbing messy ovens too.

When I hear the word ‘aluminum’ in regards to my food or personal care products, I definitely start paying attention, because aluminum is not something I want to be using or consuming on a regular basis.

What’s the Big Deal with Aluminum?

Aluminum is a common addition to some processed foods (especially certain baking mixes) and hygiene products (such as anti-perspirent deodorant).

The problem?

Aluminum is a neurotoxin that may lead to neurological disorders (1), and certain studies have even linked it to Alzheimer’s disease (2).

There’s still some controversy in the scientific community over the exact health dangers of aluminum, but the available evidence is enough to make me say ‘No thanks.’ Therefore, I make a point of avoiding aluminum cookware and any food or personal care products that contain the metal.

Since I don’t cook with processed food items, avoiding aluminum in that space is pretty easy. BUT, there is an ingredient that I frequently use in my kitchen that can be a big offender when it comes to aluminum—>

Good ol’ baking powder.

The Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder

This is where it can get a little confusing–since baking soda and baking powder are both white, powdery substances that we use in baking. But there IS a difference:

Baking soda is 100% sodium bicarbonate. It comes from soda ash, which can be produced synthetically or harvested from natural sources.  Generally, recipes that call for baking soda also call for some sort of acid, which helps to boost the leavening process and remove the slightly bitter taste that baking soda sometimes lends to recipes.

On the other hand, Baking powder contains some sodium bicarbonate, but also has other ingredients that act as acidifying agents. This means that you don’t have to add extra acid to your recipes to get the leavening action. The acidifying agents can come in the form of cream of tartar or an aluminum-based acid (3).

**Ding Ding Ding**

And that’s where aluminum makes its entrance.

Thankfully, not all baking powders contain aluminum-based acids–it just depends on the manufacturer. It’s easy to avoid the aluminum varieties– simply look for the “aluminum-free” designation on the label.

But what about baking soda?

Baking Soda was Framed

The concern over baking soda is actually a case of mistaken identity.

Baking soda, by definition, is sodium bicarbonate, and there is no reason for it to contain an acidifying agent–aluminum-based or otherwise.

Lemme say that one more time–

Baking soda does not contain aluminum.

I even called the Arm and Hammer (the “famous” baking soda company) to double check, and they stated very definitively that their baking soda is 100% sodium bicarbonate and contains zero aluminum.

Whew. It’s kinda nice to have one less thing to worry about, huh?

It seems that this whole confusion started because certain manufacturers have labeled their product as “aluminum-free baking soda.”

That would lead one to believe that there IS indeed varieties of baking soda that do contain aluminum, however, that is not the case. I believe the reasoning behind this labeling was because they were probably getting a bazillion calls each day from people who were confused by the difference between baking soda and baking powder–so they stuck the label on there to put everyone’s mind at ease.

However, all baking soda is aluminum-free, even if it is not labeled as such.

So to Answer the Question…

No, baking soda does not contain aluminum, but some varieties of baking powder can.

So look for aluminum-free baking powder the next time you are at the store, but don’t worry about the baking soda. You can buy the big bags of the cheap stuff–no problem.

~ Original article: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/01/baking-soda-aluminum.html

12 Ways Aloe Vera Juice Might Make You a Healthier Person

I personally enjoy 2 oz. of Aloe Vera Juice in my morning glass of unsweetened cranberry juice. I also have an additional 1 to 2 oz. later on during the day as well, added in my water. It does have a taste, but I have gotten use to it. After you start to feel how much the Aloe Vera Juice helps you, the taste will totally be worth it!

Directions: Add 2 to 6 oz of Aloe Vera Juice daily to water, juice or even the into protein shakes.

https://www.naturessunshine.com/us/product/aloe-vera-juice-32-fl-oz/1680/?actid=3044357

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

 

Aloe Vera Juice

 

But, how does it taste?!

That’s often the first question people ask when considering whether to add aloe vera juice to their diet.

Maybe you’ve heard stories about mothers who use the juice to get babies to stop sucking their pacifiers.

All I can say is that tolerating the unusual taste of aloe vera juice is definitely worth it!

And it’s probably even a good thing. Beware of companies that claim their juice doesn’t have an unpleasant taste. The process for removing the taste can leave the juice with only 10 to 15 percent aloe vera.

And sky’s the limit when it comes to the benefits of drinking aloe vera juice on a regular basis:

  • Regulates Digestion
  • Get Lots of Vitamins and Minerals
  • Maintain Dental Health
  • Supports Cholesterol Levels Already in the Normal Range
  • Promote Hair Growth

That’s just the beginning!

The benefits are practically endless, and impossible to summarize in an article like this.

1. Stay Regular

Along with cleansing the body, drinking aloe vera can also improve digestion and colon health, which for many people can make many health problems better. As they say, “the road to health is paved with good intestines.”

2. Consume Lots of Vitamins

vitaminsAloe vera juice is a vitamin storehouse.

Vitamin A.

Vitamin C.

Vitamin E.

Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12… aloe vera juice has them all!

3. Hydrate

Drinking aloe vera juice can keep you well-hydrated and feeling great. And staying hydrated can ward of thirst that leads to hunger and fatigue.

4. Absorb Minerals

Aloe vera juice contains lots of minerals that your body needs every single day. Calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron… these are just a few human staples aloe vera juice can provide in spades.

5. Support Blood Sugar Levels Already in the Normal Range

Since aloe vera juice can support blood sugar, drinking it regularly can be good for many.

 

longhair6. Stimulate Hair Growth

Want longer hair?

Try drinking some aloe vera juice! The juice can help moisturize and maintain the right PH balance.

 

7. Protect Those Pearly Whites

Aloe vera juice is rich in the vitamins and minerals that promote dental health by protecting your mouth and gums. You’ve probably even seen toothpaste that contains aloe vera.

8. Supports the Immune System

Rich in vitamin c, a few shots of aloe vera juice can help support the respiratory system.

9. Cleanse the System

Stress and the crappy food we eat can leave our bodies full of harmful toxins that every once in a while should be removed.

fortressIt’s vitamins, minerals and other trace elements that help keep the body clean.

10. Fights Free Radicals

We’ve hardly talked at all about antioxidants.

But aloe vera juice has those too… the antioxidants that can fight off harmful free radicals.

Drinking aloe vera juice regularly will give you a good chance of boosting your immunity to sickness.

11.Supports Healthy Skin

Some experts say drinking aloe vera juice is a great way to control skin issues.

Along with hydrating the body (which is key), the nutrients in aloe vera juice may support healthy inflammation.

12. Support cholesterol levels already in the normal range

By reducing triglycerides, aloe vera juice can be great for supporting healthy cholesterol levels.

 

Conclusion

There was a time when people had to make their own aloe vera juice to enjoy the many health benefits of this amazing concoction. Today, aloe vera juice is much easier to find.

Just in case you still think the juice isn’t right for you, let’s review the list of benefits one last time:

  1. Stay Regular
  2. Consume Lots of Vitamins
  3. Hydrate
  4. Absorb Minerals
  5. Support Blood Sugar Levels Already in the Normal Range
  6. Stimulate Hair Growth
  7. Protect Those Pearly Whites
  8. Supports Immune System
  9. Cleanse the System
  10. Fights Free Radicals
  11. Supports Healthy Skin
  12. Supports Cholesterol Levels Already in the Normal Range

 

~Dan Bischoff

Dan is a fanatical health nut who religiously takes supplements every day. And when he’s not taking supplements, he’s reading just about every health article he can find. He’s addicted to NSP’s Nature’s Harvest, Ionic Minerals, Relief Formula and Chlorophyll ES.

Original post: http://blog.naturessunshine.com/en/12-ways-aloe-vera-juice-might-make-you-a-healthier-person/

 

Sugary Secret of Pet Treats

Sugary Secret of Pet Treats

 

Today’s pet treats aren’t the dog bones of your childhood. Over the past decade, a surprising ingredient has begun to appear on pet treat ingredient lists: sugar.Following the trend of sugar-laden children’s snacks, pet treat manufacturers are tapping into a dog’s sweet tooth to boost sales.

 “One of the key reasons I became involved with fighting pet obesity was when I began seeing sugar added to pet treats. I think if more pet owners were aware of this, they may choose their treats more carefully.” says veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) and author of “Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter – A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives” (2010 HCI). “When you have popular treats such as Snausages SnawSomes that list sugars as three of the first four ingredients, you know there’s a problem.”

And the problem is huge. APOP estimates that 45% of US dogs and 58% of cats are too heavy. That equals an estimated 89 million pets that are at high risk for developing conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and more.

Ward says the problem is linked to money – lots of it. With US pet treat sales estimated to be nearly $2 billion in 2010, the treat bowl has turned golden. “Sugar is incredibly attractive to dogs. If a dog gobbles a treat quickly, an owner is more likely to give another – and another. This adds up to more sales – and profits. In the race for pet treat profits, our pets’ health is being bankrupted.”

Ward also contends that added sugar has behavioral consequences. “Numerous studies in rats demonstrate that overfeeding sugar can create symptoms similar to drug addiction. A dog’s daily sweet treat may be contributing to overeating and other undesirable behaviors. This is why I call today’s high-sugar treats ‘kibble crack.’”

Of course, pet treat manufacturers are quick to blame pet owners for the problem. After all, dogs and cats don’t buy or give these products themselves. Ward agrees – to a point. “Pet owners definitely have a feeding disorder when it comes to their pets. Ultimately it’s up to each owner to control how much they feed their pets. What I want to bring attention to is what ingredients are in pet treats – and why. Pet owners must begin to question why there is sugar in a treat that claims to help teeth.”

Ultimately both the pet food industry and Ward have pet’s best interest at heart. “Today we have some of the best pet foods and treats we’ve ever had. For that, I am grateful. At the same time, we’re seeing some of the unhealthiest products masquerading as wholesome and nutritious. It’s time we reveal the sugary secret that is contributing to obesity in pets.”

Dr. Ward’s Dirty Dozen – Popular Sugary Pet Treats:

  • Canine CarryOuts Chewotta  -Dextrose first ingredient
  • Snausages SnawSomes! Beef and Chicken Flavor -Sugars 3 of first 4 ingredients
  • Pedigree Jumbone Mini Snack Food for Small Dogs-Sugars 2 of 3 first ingredient
  • Petrodex Dental Treats for Cats- Dextrose second ingredient
  • Pedigree Jumbone- Sugar third ingredient
  • Milk Bone Essentials Plus Oral Care- Sugar third ingredient
  • Pup-Peroni Lean Beef Recipe- Sugar third ingredient
  • Science Diet Simple Essentials Treats Training Adult Treats with Real Beef- Sugar third ingredient
  • Cesar Softies Dog Treats- Sugar third ingredient
  • Milk-Bone Chewy Chicken Drumsticks- Sugar third ingredient
  • Meow Mix Moist Cat Treats- Corn syrup fourth ingredient
  • Pedigree Marrobone- Sugar third ingredient

Other common sugar-containing treats according to Dr. Ernie Ward:

  • Pedigree Jumbone – Sugar third ingredient
  • Beneful Snackin’ Slices – Sugar fourth ingredient
  • Pit’r Pat Fresh Breath Mint Flavored Cat Treats – Maltodextrin first ingredient
  • Three Dog Bakery Lick ‘n Crunch – Dextrose third ingredient
  • Beneful Snackin Slices – Sugar fourth ingredient
  • Busy Chewnola – Maltodextrin second ingredient
  • Exclusively Dog Vanilla Flavor Sandwich Creme Dog Cookies – Sugars first two ingredients
  • Canine Carryouts Dog Treats – Corn syrup second ingredient

For more information, visit www.PetObesityPrevention.com or www.DrErnieWard.com