News from CRIS: Digging Deeper - Sodium Aluminum Phosphate

September 22, 2020

Sodium aluminum phosphate is an ingredient commonly found in baking powders and processed cheeses. 

In baking powders, bakers use it as an acid that provides the baked goods' chemical reaction needed to rise. Sodium aluminum phosphate reacts with heat and the other leavening ingredients to allow baked goods to rise. Manufacturers typically use it in industrial baking for products like cookies, muffins, crackers, waffles, and more.

Baking powders for home use don't typically contain aluminum because the leveling ingredients usually react to moisture rather than heat for the needed chemical reaction. 

In processed cheeses, manufacturers use it to create a smooth, soft texture with easy melting and slicing characteristics.


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