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Raising Agent (E 500(ii))

Also Known As : Sodium hydrogen carbonate, Sodium bicarbonate or Soda bicarb or baking soda


Taste Profile

It has a slightly salty and alkaline taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Raising Agent (E 500(ii)) should be stored in a cool dry area. If stored in a warm or damp area, the soda begins to clump, affecting the flavor of baked goods using the soda.
  2. Add a spoonful of baking soda to a cup containing lemon juice or vinegar, to test if the baking soda is active. If it fizzes then it is active whereas stale baking soda will not fizz but will be flat when combined with the vinegar or lemon juice.

Common names and forms

  1. Acidity Regulator (INS 500(ii))
  2. Acidity Regulator 500(i)
  3. Alkalizing agent (500(i))
  4. Anti Caking Agent E500(ii)
  5. E500(ii)
  6. Leavening Agent (500(ii))
  7. Leavening Agent (E500 ii)
  8. Leavening Agent INS 500(ii)
  9. Raising Agent (500(ii))
  10. Raising Agent: Sodium Bicarbonate (E500)
  11. Raising Agents (INS 500 (ii))
  12. Rasing Agent E500(ii)
  13. Sodium Bi-carbonate (E500(ii))
  14. Sodium bicarbonate (INS 500)
  15. Sodium Hydrogen carbonate (E500(ii))


Raising Agent (E 500(ii)), popularly known as baking soda. It is one of the most widely used as a leavening agent in baked goods. It is activated as soon as it is mixed with a liquid, such as water, and then it is added to a dough/batter mixture. It reacts with an acid to produce carbon dioxide, a process that allows cakes, cookies, and other baked goods to rise. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid crystalline substance but is ground to a fine powder for use in cooking. It is basically made from sodium chloride, ammonia, and calcium carbonate.

Health benefits

  • Raising Agent (E 500(ii)) acts as an antacid for heartburn and indigestion because it can neutralize stomach acid.(1)
  • One can find relief from a bug bite by applying a paste of baking soda.(1)
  • Incase of a mild nail infection, soaking in baking soda helps treat the infection as baking soda has antifungal properties.(1)
  • Baking soda helps in soothing mouth ulcers.(2)


Overdosage of Raising Agent (E 500(ii)) can cause hazards like nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.(3) It has high sodium content, and an overload of sodium in the body (hypernatremia) can cause serious problems like seizures and kidney failure.(4)

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