If you have intolerances or food allergies, you know it can get tiring trying to read all the ingredients and look for “safe” consumable goods! When I started my hormone recovery journey, I went gluten-free and soy-free. That was a lot of effort, and I guess I was well-prepared for eliminating an even longer list. When I had some IGG blood testing to find out what else my body couldn’t handle, though, I was in disbelief. Actually, I laughed when the lady read me the results because the first thing she said was chocolate. Are you kidding me? *Sigh.* My morning treat had been frothy hot chocolate (cacao, maple syrup or honey, and milk).
Then there was dairy. (Oh cheese, how I miss you.) And yeast. (Well…I guess no GF pizza for me at MOD anymore…but what’s pizza without cheese anyhow?). Coffee (well, I’d already ditched that a few years ago, though occasionally I would swipe a sample at Trader Joe’s). Eggs (I’d been having one each morning with salad. Ugh). Peanuts. Tomatoes. Some other stuff I probably have forgotten and need to look up. And corn. Which is in a rather lot of gluten-free things–have you noticed? So my already limited fare got even more narrow of a selection. (On the bright side, my symptoms of chronic tiredness and achiness in the morning have improved! So I guess it’s all worth it.)
While I generally read food labels for ingredients, as someone who is constantly baking, I actually had never noticed that BAKING POWDER contained corn! I would never have thought to check because I just sort of figured it was its own ingredient, like baking soda.
Thankfully, a friend mentioned her nephews have corn allergy and can’t even having baking powder in things. Enlightened, I was on a hunt for corn-free baking powder. Almost impossible to find and very expensive, I decided to make my own replacement to refill my old baking powder container using 2 TBSP baking soda plus 1/4 cup cream of tartar (while cream of tartar usually comes in tiny spice containers, I bought mine in a big bulk container because it’s handy for cleaning powder as well). It works! I do smash each teaspoon it in my palm before adding it to recipes because it can clump a bit. (FYI, If you are not corn free and do not have cream of tartar, you can still make your own baking powder if you need some in a pinch with the same ratio of baking soda to corn starch.)