What does baking soda do for banana bread?
Baking soda normaly helps the bread, cookie, cake etc. rise.
Simply, the addition of baking soda to breads allows the bread to rise, (termed a leavening agent). The addition of this ingredient (sodium bi-carbonate), speeds up the rising of the flour dough by creating a gas called carbon dioxide. This gas causes bubbles and a subsequent expansion of the dough. It is an alkaline substance that reacts with acids in the bread which causes these leavening properties.
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Nutrition specialist - Peter Bosani.
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