I was surprised. I knew there were different brands of baking soda but the leader, at least in my mind, had always been Arm & Hammer. I would pick up other brands at Whole Foods but never suspected anything was different among baking sodas. Then, I saw baking soda from one of my all time favorite brands, Bob’s Red Mill.
It turns out that Arm & Hammer is chemically created. They use a chemical process that turns trona ore into soda ash and then use carbon dioxide to react with the soda ash to produce baking soda.
On the other hand, Bob’s Red Mill brand is natural baking soda. It is mined in Colorado directly from the ground in its natural sodium bicarbonate state. It is extracted by an all-natural water process that uses no chemicals.
We are Discussing Baking Soda
I called Arm & Hammer because I also saw information pop up on the Internet that claimed their baking soda has aluminum in it. This myth was perpetuated because there are some baking powders that have aluminum in them. [You will definitely want the baking powder without the heavy metal aluminum as it is healthier AND better tasting. Rumsford brand is a popular baking powder that is aluminum free.]
Baking soda was confused with baking powder. Arm & Hammer let me know that their baking soda does not have aluminum in it, but yes, it is produced chemically.
Aluminum can be found in some baking powders but not baking soda.”
The next time I went shopping at Whole Foods Market, I stumbled across Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda as I was picking up other products in the baking area (like my Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour), so bought some. The fact that they had a little printed label that said, “Aluminum free” was confusing at first but then I realized that they probably have had to deal with the public confusing them with baking powder. Instead of fielding calls, it is probably a lot easier just to add this to their label.
I have decided that Bob’s Red Mill brand, the natural baking soda, is better for consumption.
I used to brush my teeth with Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. I switched to Bob’s Red Mill brand and the taste is different. It is milder and not quite as salty. I like the way it makes my mouth feel.
Soon after this discovery I began hearing and seeing information that describes the difference as “food-grade baking soda” that is mined from the ground (such as Bob’s Red Mill) versus other baking sodas that are chemically derived (such as Arm & Hammer).
Where to Buy
You may be wondering about where to buy Bob’s Red Mill brand baking soda. Whole Foods Market carries it but if you would like the convenience of ordering it online, you can order it directly from Bob’s Red Mill or go to this link on Amazon.com (it’s a four pack).
I reserve my Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda for brushing my teeth and baking and for anything that goes on or into my body.
It’s pretty easy to find Arm & Hammer brand at just about any grocery or convenience store.
Make sure you also check out the post, “12 Non-Toxic Household Cleaners for Your Health.” Baking soda is #1 on the list.
I didn’t know there were any differences between baking sodas! Now, you know too…