Important Message from The Joint Chiropractic regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Read More

The Dangerous Spices in Your Kitchen

By Sara Butler

Scary Spice isn’t just a member of an all-girl musical act; it’s an performer that may be playing a starring role in your kitchen that you don’t know about. Spices are a great way to add flavor in a healthy way to your food, and many have several other health benefits beyond taste. The problem is not all spices are created equal. Here’s what you need to know about the scary spices that may be lurking in your spice rack.

The Problem

Modern, commercially produced seasonings are often filled with, well, fillers. MSG is added to a lot of them, as well as other additives that you may not want to expose your family to. Always makes sure to look at the nutrition label of any spice or seasoning you buy so you know what you’re actually buying.

Caramel Coloring

You can find this additive in soda and baked goods that are commercially produced. You’ll also find it hiding out in seasonings and meat marinades. This coloring is created in a lab by manipulating sugar and treating it with sulfites and ammonia. If that sounds scary, then it’s probably something you want to steer clear of in your fajitas tonight.

Oh, and it’s not officially been found to be carcinogenic to people, but the jury is still out on that – so keep that in mind. It may possibly be a cancer-causing agent.

Monosodium Glutamate

This is also known as MSG, and it can be found in many boxed and processed foods. It enhances the savory flavor in foods, which is why it’s added to so many things. The problem is MSG has been found to increase your body’s production of insulin, and too much insulin in your body will cause you to store fat. Not exactly a great additive if you’re trying to maintain a healthy body.

MSG has also been linked to several side effects since some people are more sensitive to it than others. These side effects include:

  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Weakness

MSG may not be listed by this name on the ingredient list, either. You should be on the lookout for:

  • Hydrolyzed protein
  • Modified food starch
  • Yeast extract
  • Textured protein
  • Sodium caseinate,
  • Autolyzed yeast

Also, you should be aware that the Food and Drug Administration does not require hydrolyzed protein to be listed on the packaging of foods.

Your spice rack can be a healthy place full of benefits to your health, just stick to whole spices and forget the highly-processed stuff. After all, you can create your own spice mixes and marinades without all the added junk!

Story Link

Download your offer today and save!

$29 New Patient Special, Consultation | Exam | Adjustment

Offer valued at $45. Valid for new patients only. See clinic for chiropractor(s)' name and license info. Clinics managed and/or owned by franchisee or Prof. Corps. Restrictions may apply to Medicare eligible patients. Individual results may vary.