What is Sodium Bicarbonate?

What is “Sodium bicarbonate”?

Sodium bicarbonate is a non-nutritive food additive also known as “baking soda” with the formula NaHCO3.

It is a leavening agent and texturizer in food products. Sodium bicarbonate reacts with acids within batters and food products, releasing carbon dioxide and expanding in size to rise batters and enhance texture. 



What products commonly use Sodium Bicarbonate?

  • Crackers and cookies
  • Quick breads
  • Baked goods
  • Dry baking mixes




Note: Sodium bicarbonate is also known for its many miscellaneous uses, such as a antacid and a natural cleaning agent.


Where is Sodium bicarbonate sourced? 

Retail: Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is a common food ingredient that can be found at nearly all grocery stores.

Industrially: Sodium bicarbonate is sourced from industrialized countries like China, the United States, and Western European countries.


Photo Credit: Hot Chocolate Hits, “Lily’s Banana Bread Recipe”


What forms is Sodium Bicarbonate available?

Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline but is most commonly available in a fine white powder.



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