The Sneaky Ingredients in Seasonings
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We use seasonings in almost every dish we make. We have an array of spices and even our own herb garden to get fresh herbs from to spice up our food and add flavor. However, sometimes we relied on some all-purpose seasonings for convenience. I found two seasonings still in my pantry and was surprised when I flipped them over to read the ingredients. They should just be a combination of spices, right? Well, I posted recently about how store-bought taco seasoning is one of the most unhealthy things you can buy because it contains fillers and MSG. After creating my own recipe for taco seasoning, I checked a few other all-purpose seasonings that I had on hand. Unfortunately, I will be tossing out our Everglades seasoning and Greek seasoning and only homemade spice mixes and fresh herbs from now on will be going on our food. Processed seasoning mixes are not to be trusted.
I love Greek seasoning on potatoes! Imagine how disappointed I was when I turned the canister around and saw the ingredients. The 3rd ingredient is corn starch which is mostly GMO and the 5th ingredient is monosodium glutamate (MSG)! MSG is an excitotoxin that has been linked to adverse events such as migraines, seizures, ADHD, heart palpitations, and many others. MSG is a flavor enhancer and is added to many packaged foods; it is hidden almost everywhere! The 7th listed ingredient is flavor base seasoning which includes hydrolyzed corn soy protein. Corn and soy and the two biggest GMO foods and “hydrolyzed” is indicative of having more MSG. So my Greek seasoning is mostly salt, GMOs, MSG, and a few spices mixed in. We will be using our own spice mix from now on or our fresh herbs like oregano!
I also found Everglades seasoning in our pantry. When looking at the ingredients, I found salt first, and then the generic “spices.” The third ingredient was our good friend MSG again. No wonder these seasonings make the food so tasty. Too bad they cause you to feel awful after eating with headaches and other effects to your body. If you are curious, the last ingredient on the list is papain which is used as a meat tenderizer and is extracted from unripe papayas. I had to look that one up
So let this be a lesson to check the ingredients on EVERYTHING, even when you think it should be so straight forward (Ugh, like the corn syrup solids and corn filler I found in roasted peanuts when I went pantry crashing!) We still enjoy flavorful food, but now I either make my own combinations with single ingredient spices that we have on hand or I use fresh herbs like dill, oregano, and basil in my recipes.