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Frequently Asked Questions

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

What is the Neutralization Value of an acid?

Leavening acids usually react with sodium bicarbonate (an alkali) to produce carbon dioxide gas in the batters and doughs of baked products. The neutralization value (NV) of an acid is an indication of how much baking soda is required to completely neutralize a given amount of that acid. Higher neutralization values indicate that less acid will be required; lower neutralization values indicate that more acid will be required for complete neutralization. Please contact our Food Specialists to discuss your applications and the selection of the best leavening acids for your bakery products.