Baking soda is an alkaline compound that, when combined with an acid, will produce carbon dioxide gas. The small bubbles of carbon dioxide gas become trapped in batter, causing it to inflate, or rise. It also makes a perfect stand-in for many personal care products, which are adding their own twist to the toxic tangle of pollutants and personal health. This product is one of the most widely used leaveners in baked goods. This simple chemical compound, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is found in crystalline form in nature but is ground to a fine powder for use in cooking. Some of the most common baking soda benefits include: Eases stomach pain. Helps with digestive issues. Relieves bloating and gas. Fights off diseases. Neutralizes acid. Kills fungi, mold, and parasites. Minimizes a cough and sore throat. Reduces the duration of cold and flu.