Food Leavening Agents




Names of Food Leavening Agents on Product Labels:

Names of common food leavening agents found on product labels include: baking soda, monocalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, hartshorn, and aluminum bicarbonate.

What Do Food Leavening Agents Do?

Food leavening agents make baked goods rise.

Examples of Uses for Food Leavening Agents:

Breads and other baked goods are the primary examples of food products using leavening agents.


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