What They Do: Promote rising of baked goods. A food additive or a combination of food additives, which liberates gas and thereby increases the volume of a dough or batter.
Some of these could potentially be a real food. However, the specific form of these products needs to be know to determine that, but labeling requirements do not provide enough information to be able to find out. Many of these products are now manufactured from completely artificial sources, and do not resemble the ingredients from the past. These are made as cheap replacements to higher quality ingredients.
The home cook can find real versions of some of these products to use in the home kitchen.
Click underlined ingredients to learn more, and find out more about what each item does in specific types of foods.
Found used in these foods to make them rise during their creation:
- Baked goods
How it may be described on a label:
- Raising agent
Examples of leaveners added to foods:
- Baking soda
- Calcium carbonate
- Monocalcium phosphate
- Sodium phosphate
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Leavening & Raising Agents
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