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Is ammonium carbonate vegan?

Ammonium carbonate is a vegan food ingredient.

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So, what is ammonium carbonate?

Ammonium carbonate, also known as baker's ammonia, is a white crystalline powder with a pungent odor commonly used as a leavening agent in baked goods. It is a mixture of ammonium bicarbonate and ammonium carbamate, which break down under heat to release carbon dioxide gas, causing dough to rise. Unlike other leavening agents, ammonium carbonate does not leave a bitter aftertaste in baked goods. It is also used as a smelling salt and in the production of certain pharmaceuticals. However, it should be handled with care as it can be irritating to the eyes, skin, and respiratory system.

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