Spices can harbor secret, bad ingredients

Residing in the spice aisle, jars and containers of flavors vie for attention. The problem is that many assume these are healthy spices, devoid of anything other than the usual low-carb herbs many like to use in cooking.

Some hidden ingredients you may not have seen:

1. Sugar. I know, right? Sugar is not necessary for spicing food, but it adds flavor cheaply and has a negative impact on blood sugar. Watch for any forms of -ose as well.
2. Soy. Soy is one of the major food allergy culprits, causing everything from hunger to rashes to weight loss stall. Beware: Soya is still soy.
3. Natural flavorings. The definition for natural flavors stems from the Code of Federal Regulations.

The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.

4. MSG. Monosodium glutamate tricks the brain into thinking it’s enjoying something absolutely wonderful. In fact, MSG is problematic for many users, causing everything from migraines to other negative physical reaction. MSG comes in many forms, which will be discussed tomorrow, and should be avoided.

Spices should bring out the flavor in foods without causing any unnecessary physical issues as a result. If you are using a spice to make jerky and find you are suddenly enduring physical discomfort, look to the spice cabinet. You might just find those seemingly innocuous flavor choices are causing more trouble than they’re worth.

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  1. Many health food stores have a bulk spice section with pure (often organic)spices that you can buy for super-cheap. You just scoop the spices out of a bin and into small bags, which you empty into a jar at home. Better product and less money than the usual grocery-store spice section!

  2. iheartchocolate says

    I have some questions for you? Soy sauce, for stir fry (which I thought was perfect for this diet??) Is that a bad thing to use for weightloss?

    Also, have you ever used atkins low carb bars, like chocolate/pbutter and all those? Do you think those are bad for the diet? I figure if anyone knows, YOU DO! thx

  3. cleochatra says

    Hey hey! A tony amount of soy won't kill you unless you're allergic to the stuff as I am. Try keeping it down to things like the occasional soy sauce and not huge quantities of tofu.

    As for the bars, I'm not a fan. they're so full of chemicals, and they do cause problems for folks, from cravings to hunger. They're overpriced and underwhelming. If you feel you might be needing something in an emergency, make some beef jerky! It's cheap and chewy and yummy!

  4. Hello, all.
    RE: “soy sauce”, I’ve found that for weight loss [& allergies] it’s far better to avoid anything containing wheat. My choice is “Bragg Liquid AMINOS All Purpose Seasoning”. It’s supposed to be “Natural Soy Sauce Alternative”, to provide “16 amino acids”, to be “Glutin-Free”, & to use “Non-GMO Soybeans”.

    Acts 15:29—”Good health to you!”

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