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Leavening agent INS 500

Also Known As : Sodium Carbonates, Washing soda, Baking soda


Taste Profile

It is salty in flavour.

Usage Tips

  1. It is used as a leavening agent, acidity regulator and stabilizer in baked goods and carbonated beverages, and in beer making.

Common names and forms

  1. Acidity Regulator (E500)
  2. Acidity Regulator (INS 500)
  3. Anticaking Agent (E500)
  4. INS 500
  5. Leavening [Sodium Bicarbonate (E 500)]
  6. Leavening Agent E 500
  7. Leavening Agent E 500i
  8. Leavening Agents (E 500)
  9. Raising Agent E500
  10. Raising Agent-500


Leavening agent INS 500 is a raising agent and stabilizer which is found in alkaline water. It is considered as a household chemical.

Health benefits

  • It helps to neutralize stomach acid and relieve heartburn.(1)
  • It helps to relieve itching after insect bite.(1)
  • It helps to relieve sunburn.(1)
  • It removes plaque and whitens teeth.(1)
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties and can be be applied on minor injuries.(1)

Selection Guide

Check for the 'Use-by" date while purchasing.


Overconsumption of Leavening agent INS 500 may cause diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. It may also cause irritation in the respiratory tract.(2)

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