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Are baking powder and baking soda paleo?

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Created August 22, 2011 at 2:14 AM

Are baking powder and baking soda paleo?

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:56 AM

How existential..

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on August 23, 2011
at 11:51 AM

Not all of the vitamin C is destroyed

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on August 23, 2011
at 05:35 AM

All of these are great responses. I am a big believer in not sweating the small stuff. The reason I ask is that I am trying to devise the perfect paleo pancake recipe that I will like. Just as an experiment, not as a crazy attempt to try and paleoize everything.

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I'm not sure this really helps from a nutritional standpoint, as Vit C is destroyed by heat, but it has to be better than aluminum-based baking powder, anyways.

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The Hippocratic oath of eating! I love it!

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Great one ! The way is forward is not to go back.

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on August 22, 2011
at 03:45 AM

The answer would depend on your definition of paleo. Was our beloved grok making tasty cakes and muffins? No. So if your idea of paleo falls along those lines you're pretty much out of luck.

As cliff said they are relatively harmless. Many of us have left reenactment for "above all else do no harm" as the guiding light for our food choices. We eat things that are neolithic but are not harmful as best as we can tell. I would use aluminum free baking powder. Otherwise I say bake away!

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on August 22, 2011
at 09:41 AM

Great one ! The way is forward is not to go back.

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on August 22, 2011
at 03:45 PM

The Hippocratic oath of eating! I love it!

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on August 22, 2011
at 12:46 PM

No, they're not paleo. But if you want to consume them, go for it! I'll add a bit of baking powder to my paleo pancakes (which consist of coconut flour, flax seed, eggs, coc oil, pecan meal) since the stuff is pretty benign, especially in such small quantities.

The question SHOULD NOT be: "Is this paleo?"

The question SHOULD BE: "Is this going to have a detrimental effect on my health?"

If the answer is no, it's fair game! There is so much gray area here, so don't sweat the small stuff! Undue stress raises cortisol, which is something we're all trying to avoid! :-)

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on August 23, 2011
at 12:50 AM

Everything is paleo, and nothing is paleo.

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:56 AM

How existential..

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on August 22, 2011
at 04:28 AM

I agree with Shari in that neither are paleo in the strictest sense of the word.

Before I went paleo, I used to bake for family and friends quite often. When I go to visit or have friends over for coffee, I like to bake some "paleo" muffins. If nothing else, it is a good way to steer the conversation over to nutrition issues!

Having said that, the baking powder I use does contain cornstarch, which is definitely a no-no. I usually use only a small amount, so I don't get too worked up about it.

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on August 22, 2011
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Not really but they are pretty harmless. I personally prefer baking soda+absorbic acid(vit c) over baking powder, mainly because its a good way to get added vit c in baked goods.

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on August 23, 2011
at 11:51 AM

Not all of the vitamin C is destroyed

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on August 23, 2011
at 04:18 AM

I'm not sure this really helps from a nutritional standpoint, as Vit C is destroyed by heat, but it has to be better than aluminum-based baking powder, anyways.

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