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What does baking soda do for banana bread?

What does baking soda do for banana bread?

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Baking soda normaly helps the bread, cookie, cake etc. rise.

Hi, Barbara.

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.

Hope that helps,

Nutrition specialist - Peter Bosani.


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