A recipe for a quick, cheap way to get rid of unwanted minerals from baked minerals.
“Baked mineral powders are great for mineral collecting, as they are low in calories and high in protein, but they’re also great for baking,” said Dr Sarah Ebert, a nutritionist at the National Health and Medical Research Council, who has studied mineral powder usage for many years.
“You could take them out and bake them in the oven, and then the minerals would collect and settle to the bottom of the jar, where they could then be removed with a toothpick.”
“It’s a very simple, cheap, and easy way to avoid mineral deposits from accumulating in baked goods.”
The problem is that many baking powders, especially the ones made by the likes of Unilever, contain added ingredients.
For example, Unileve’s Baked Minerals Powder contains the mineral calcium carbonate and vitamin B12, which can also cause allergic reactions.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has recently warned consumers that using these types of powders in baked products could damage the taste and appearance of food, and lead to a reduction in the nutritional value of the product.
“The use of baked mineral powdings, especially in baked or packaged foods, is not recommended,” the regulator said in a report published earlier this year.
“If you bake your own baked products, you can avoid these ingredients by making sure they are prepared according to the label.”
The Australian Product Safety Authority has recently launched an inquiry into the issue.
“It is important that consumers understand that baked mineral powder is not a substitute for other sources of calcium, vitamin B, and mineral, and that consumers should be wary of using mineral powderies in baked foods,” the agency said.
Ebert said she found baking powder ingredients to be extremely easy to find online, but there were also products that did not seem to be that easy to come by.
“I have found a lot of online tutorials on how to make mineral powder and I’ve seen a lot on the websites, but no-one has really gone through the process and actually tried it,” she said.
“They don’t say, ‘You need to bake it and put it in your food’, but they say, use the minerals in it and make sure that you use it properly.”
While Ebert said many of the recipes on the internet were very easy to make, she was concerned about the health risks associated with using these products.
“We’ve had people come in to the hospital complaining of allergic reactions and the doctors have had to stop taking the people that were coming in with their mineral powder allergy,” she explained.
“That’s a real concern.”
A recent study by Australian researchers looked at the nutritional and health effects of minerals in baked food.
The researchers found that consuming minerals in food was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
They also found that consumption of mineral-rich foods was associated to a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids and an increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The researchers found a similar association with mineral powdered drinks.
They also reported that people who ate the mineral powdering products were less likely to be overweight, obese, or to have diabetes.
“This is a very, very important study that shows the benefits of mineral powdery consumption, but also the risks,” said Ebert.
“People who are taking these mineral powderer products could be increasing their risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”
A study published last month by the International Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that mineral powderers were not as effective as mineral-free alternatives.
“While minerals powder is a popular and inexpensive alternative to baking powder, the benefits are not nearly as compelling,” it said.