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Baking Soda in Tomato Sauce?

bookwyrm73's picture

I heard something squirrelly last week.  Is it true that if you add a little bit of baking soda into a tomato-based dish (chili, red sauces, etc.) you won't get heartburn?  I haven't wanted to risk ruining any dish by experimenting and I thought somebody here might know.  Thanks in advance.


 


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Gretchen's picture

(post #31327, reply #1 of 20)

Don't do it.  Welcome.

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bookwyrm73's picture

(post #31327, reply #2 of 20)

OK.  Cheers, Gretchen.


 


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Gary's picture

(post #31327, reply #3 of 20)

From the National Institutes of Health:


"Heartburn occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES)—a muscle between the esophagus and stomach—relaxes, allowing the acidic contents of the stomach to splash back into the esophagus."


So you would have to add enough baking soda to neutralize the acid in your sauce plus what the stomach makes naturally. There is no way that you would want to taste anything with that much baking soda in it.

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Adele's picture

(post #31327, reply #4 of 20)

Nope.  Before I got medication, I was taking almost a quarter cup of baking soda a day, (not all at one time). You wouldn't want that much in anything, esp. not your tummy, so don't follow my example. 


You (or whoever) might try taking something a bit before dinner, I see lots of commercials for OTC tummy meds.  If it's an everyday thing, you might want to see a Dr. about it, like I finally did. 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

bookwyrm73's picture

(post #31327, reply #5 of 20)

I have to be careful what I take OTC because I'm pregnant.  Never in my life had I had heartburn or indigestion!  Quite a nasty shock when it came the first time; I thought I'd accidentally eaten some ground glass.  I can't believe some people deal with that every day.  My mother swears by the baking soda method, but I wanted to check with y'all and see what it would do to my recipes, first.  I'd think that it would throw off the salt in the dish.  Thanks again for your help, everyone!  This site has been so helpful.

 


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Syrah's picture

(post #31327, reply #6 of 20)

Can you take Mylanta? I am sorry I have not had to look into the appropriateness of such while pregnant.

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bookwyrm73's picture

(post #31327, reply #7 of 20)

Tums have been working well, as have smaller meals.  I need the calcium in Tums, anyway! 

 


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soccermom's picture

(post #31327, reply #8 of 20)

I sympathize; I had heartburn during my pregnancies and, like you, I couldn't believe that people live with it forever. I found papaya pills, available through health food stores, worked well at the beginning and are loaded with vitamin C. For the really bad heartburn, I loved butterscotch Gaviscon. It foams up when you chew and is like a little fire extinguisher going down your throat. Strangely addictive :)


Best thing about pregnancy heartburn is that it disappears instantly with the birth. When are you due?


 


 

 

 

bookwyrm73's picture

(post #31327, reply #15 of 20)

Thanks, guys.  Canuck, I'm due on our 1-year anniversary, January 14th.  I make sure and mention the anniversary part to all of my great aunts who think I got married rather...quickly! Hehe

 


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(post #31327, reply #18 of 20)

<I make sure and mention the anniversary part to all of my great aunts who think I got married rather...quickly! Hehe>


LOL


 


 

 

 

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(post #31327, reply #19 of 20)

Our DD#1 was born 3 days after our 1st anniversary-so I can identify. LOL

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Syrah's picture

(post #31327, reply #9 of 20)

Yep.. you do. At least it's one good thing. I think small regular meals could help you a lot.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #31327, reply #10 of 20)

YOu may be having acid reflux, a bit of a different kind of heartburn/indigestion. Talk with your doctor.  If it is that there are several things available that you take preventitively--pepcid is one.

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Gary's picture

(post #31327, reply #17 of 20)

Acid reflux and heartburn are the same thing essentially.  Heart burn just refers to acid reflux that has gone up into the midchest where the "heart" is.  The concern is a more severe form called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Heartburn, also called acid indigestion, is the most common symptom of GERD. Sometimes GERD can cause serious complications. Inflammation of the esophagus from stomach acid causes bleeding or ulcers. In addition, scars from tissue damage can narrow the esophagus and make swallowing difficult. See the NIH website.


http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gerd/


 

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Nihon's picture

(post #31327, reply #11 of 20)

Forget the tums - if you're having problems this early in the pregnancy, you're in for a treat in the months to come.  Based on my own "try to tough it out" misery, I suggest you go to you OB and tell him/her you're having problems and get a prescription for Zantac.  I was on the 150mg version for the last trimester of my pregnancy, and it was the only time during the whole nine months when I didn't feel queasy when I laid down.  Beautiful stuff, and safe to take during pregnancy (and if you've got prescription drug coverage, it's cheaper to get the Rx stuff than the OTC, and it's stronger, anyway).  And take heart - if you never had heartburn before becoming pregnant, it will disappear like magic as soon as the baby is born.  I was wolfing down anything that looked vaguely foodlike during my three days postpartum in the hospital ... and the hospital food was, well, hospital food, so you KNOW I was feeling better.

MadMom's picture

(post #31327, reply #12 of 20)

My eldest was about 90% made of Rollaids, I think.  I must have eaten a gazillion of them when I was pregnant with her.  Of course, way back then there was no Zantac or Prilosec or Aciphex.



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Biscuit's picture

(post #31327, reply #16 of 20)

I sympathize.  I had never had heartburn until I was pregnant, either.  It was such a shock!  I had no idea that's what it felt like!  It was so painful and burning that I honestly thought I was having a heart-attack - never occurred to me I had heartburn (lol).  I rushed to my doctor, convinced I was having a heart-attack.  (My fathers side of the family has a nasty habit of having heart disease early, 30's and 40's, and my sister has already had one in her 40's, so I am monitored and have an EKG every year to help me prevent future problems).  They dutifully did an EKG just to be safe, but my poor OB was bursting laughing as she assured me that I just had a nasty case of heartburn (lol).  I was stunned - I had always assumed that heartburn was just uncomfortable, but it's actually PAINFUL!  Hated it. 

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Lee's picture

(post #31327, reply #13 of 20)

I had an Italian girlfriend who always added baking soda to tomato sauce under the theory that it neutralized the acid, so I tried it. I don't recommend it.  I don't know about neutralizing acid, but I thought it changed the flavor, and, IMO, not for the better. 

samchang's picture

(post #31327, reply #14 of 20)

Don't do it for sauces. It changes the taste, as lee said. But it is added to a classic style cream of tomato soup, where it becomes indispensible for getting that cream of tomato soup flavor.

AJ12754's picture

(post #31327, reply #20 of 20)

My favorite cream of tomato soup recipe (From McCullough and Witt's Classic American Food without Fuss) calls for 1/4 tsp of baking soda -- it is the only tomato recipe I have ever seen that called for baking soda -- it's a great soup although I have no idea why the baking soada is called for.

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