Many people associate sodium with salt. But sodium in food can also be found other forms. One of the highest forms of sodium in flour tortillas and baked goods is not salt, it is the sodium found in baking powder.
Baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate and usually some form of sodium acid such as sodium aluminum sulfate (SAS) or sodium acid pyrophosphate (SAPP). These components can add 30-35% of the sodium found in the nutritional facts on a tortilla product label. Salt is usually less, about 25%.
Formulating tortillas with sodium free or reduced sodium baking powders is a great way to significantly reduce the RDA of sodium for the average person. This is very important since tortillas are often served with other foods that are high in sodium such as meats, sauces and toppings.
By: Pat Jobe
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