the only person i have ever seen allege this is Hulda Clark , and I have never seen her show any kind of test results or proof of this claim. baking powder does contain aluminum, but nowhere can i find any source or reference for baking soda containing it, and I have looked into this issue before.
if anyone has some actual evidence that baking soda contains aluminum, i would love to see it.
Within the last week there was reason for me to do a bit of web searching, checking a couple encylcopedia and dictionaries, just to be sure of the difference between baking soda and baking powder. From what I' gathered from multiple sources, baking powder is generally made of baking soda with something else added. Often times, the somthing else is aluminum, and this apparently helps to provide baked goods with a second "rise" effect. Of course there are alternatives that are more natural ways to get this same rise effect without using aluminum. However, these require a little more time and effort...perhaps requiring 5 minutes of extra effort to pour & mix in some yogurt or other ferment, instead of a quick shake of pre-mixed baking powder..... in other words, the aluminum in baking powder is another one of those "a convenience to save you time to do all those other things to do in your busy day" things.
Still, I do recall the warning from Hulda that common brands of Baking Soda have been tainted over the years, not with aluminum but with some other additive/preservative.
Yes, Benzene it was. Agreed, Hulda may have been a bit overly senstive to poisons, but I find it interesting there are many more seemingly underly sensitive people in the world who think everything under the sun does not contain artificially added poisons, be it benzene, mercury, fluoride, neuro-toxins, or the like, and neither are these kinds of people very good about offering proof of what they think. This of course might incite a chorus of knucklheads to parrot "well, duh, that's because ya can't prove a negative". If there is any truth to this, if nobody can prove that something does not contain, for instance, benzene, Heaven help us.
Store brands of baking soda contain benezene, which is also high in bicarbonate drinks aka soda pop. Hulda Clark 's store has purified baking soda without benezene and without other chemicals. I can't find purified baking soda elsewhere thus far. I'm mixing it with 1 part potassium bicarbonate and 2 parts baking soda. Check out the year long double blind research done on kidney patients who stayed off of dialysis thanks to baking soda. Only use at night when you don't need the acidic stomach acid for digestion and don't use more than 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. It does make you feel better when you wake up. Read the medical paper on why this assist the kidneys to detox, also great for chemo therapy (stupidly ignorant) patients. Dr. Donald W. Miller and others have written great info on this and Iodine Therapy. Scientifically authenticated, validated, PROVEN (the AMA hates that word) to assist and prevent Breast Cancer (Iodine / B Soda), etc.
..has no aluminum, last time I checked. Other brands of baking powder did contain it.
Baking soda would not contain aluminum except by contamination.
Just as Morton Salt contained no aluminum, last time I checked, but other brands of table salt do.. IIRC it was "aluminum silicate" added for free-flowing in several brands of salt other than Morton. Water softener salts I have no idea what they might use, but if I were using a water softener, I'd be finding out and acting accordingly. I don't know about road-salting salts, but that's another thing to consider environmentally.
I use Celtic Salt sole whenever I use salt for eating or body care, so it really doesn't affect me.
All in all, I have observed that the longtime traditional brands are less likely to be contaminated than newcomer brands, for instance, 20 mule team borax, arm & hammer, Morton Salt. It's more likely to be the more recent, off-brands that have wierd stuff in them. JM $.02 .
I have studied Hulda Clark 's excellent work for many years now and have read every word she has ever published.
I think I recall seeing that note about baking soda too, in one of her books years ago and, knowing already the differences between bleached, unbleached, self-rising and non-self-rising flours and baking ingredients and baking soda-&-salt instead of baking powder, etc., I recall laughing to myself and marking it as a typo, saying to myself "Hm, somebody doesn't know how to cook, that's why nobody caught this :)".
Don't worry about your Arm & Hammer. It's good stuff. IMO its benefits far outweigh the small possibility of this concern.
For instance, getting rid of cancer. Read of the great work of Dr. Tullio Simoncini in Rome, Italy, using baking soda to heal cancer here: