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by 432 · about 13 hours ago

Turmeric greatly improves my sluggish digestion and impossible constipation, and I take a tablespoon with each meal. It is a fact that certain spices such as cinnamon and cloves can cause significant liver damage if used in excess. How much... (more)

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BoneBrothFast 0 · September 01, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Always take your turmeric with black pepper. I honestly would not worry too much about turmeric and hepatotoxicity. But if you're worried about it, take magnesium. Magnesium is good for the liver AND improves digestion and pooping.

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by 5 · about 13 hours ago

I've just started the paleodiet a few weeks ago. How do you shop in order to not get bored from the same food items? I've already run into a rut with the same regiment of 5-6 meals/snacks a day. Any suggestions?

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PrairieProf 0 · October 07, 2010 at 2:26 AM

Shop naked. Sorry, I saw the subject line and couldn't resist. ;)

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by 695 · about 14 hours ago

It also increased testicular antioxidant enzymes, especially when taken with L-Carnitine (which us meat eaters get a lot of anyway.) Link to the study: https://www.waset.org/journals/waset/v64/v64-227.pdf (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · February 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

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by 3742 · about 14 hours ago

There's a line of spices that I'm interested in at the supermarket that doesn't explicitly say it's gluten free. It lists a few things I recognize that seem ok like salt and a few spices but then just lists "spices". I don't know why they listed... (more)

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CD 0 · December 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

IMO, Don't buy spices that have more than one ingredient. You want a rub, make it yourself. Spices that are premixed are almost universally crap -- left over, old spices they mix together to bleed another nickel out of the consumer. Also,... (more)

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by 15 · about 14 hours ago

Should I be concerned about brands of cooking oils (EVOO, Coconut, etc.), and spices that are processed in the same factory as wheat, soy, peanuts, etc...? I've found some that do not but they are usually more expensive. I do not have any... (more)

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Sara_S_ 0 · October 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM

I think it shouldn't be a concern for most people. I'm what's considered a "super sensitive celiac": I react to under 10ppm of gluten. I've had trouble with a few spices (but no oils) that are processed in facilities with wheat. Most celiacs I... (more)

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by 5381 · about 14 hours ago

It seems likely that paleo man/woman would have ingested non-nutrient plants for medicine. Possibly for even "fun" during the plentiful times. But generally the idea of regular non-caloric, non-nutrient "foods", high in phytochemicals seems... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · July 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM

The idea that plant compounds are complex and have unknown health consequences. I agree completely with this statement, but your follow-up statement that we are ill-evolved/adapted to consuming these phytochemicals is not necessarily true. Humans... (more)

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by 1295 · about 14 hours ago

I'm a firm believer in the anti-inflammatory properties/health benefits of spices like ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, etc. While I do use these ingredients when I cook, I'm interested in making my own supplements with empty gelatin capsules... (more)

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Sue_Holt 0 · February 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

And even tho this isn't a supplement, a great remedy for vaginal yeast infections (sorry guys) is to make up 21 veggie caps with boric acid and insert 3 every night for 7 days. Much less expensive. You will want to wear a panty liner for... (more)

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by 345 · about 14 hours ago

I keep responding in posts regarding questions for skin health, blood health and supplements, with the suggestion of Turmeric, so why not just post on it. Here it is: The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Tumeric has been used for over... (more)

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by 4873 · about 14 hours ago

Ugg...I have a stomach ache. Usually this only happens when I've been exposed to gluten or MSG. The ONLY thing it could be is some curry spice that I put on my sweet potatoes. I'm starting to wonder if there are "anti clumping" additives in my... (more)

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Kewpie 0 · December 05, 2011 at 3:37 AM

It's possible--especially in spice blends. However, there are companies you can buy from that are very upfront about their ingredients (and gluten) status. Penzeys is a good choice.

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by 90 · about 14 hours ago

So I'm starting to get into spices as an alternative to salt and sugar. Do organic spices make a difference in the diet? It would be a lot cheaper to buy spices in bulk at Costco, except they're not organic. I'm already eating organic veggies,... (more)

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Kewpie 0 · November 02, 2011 at 10:00 AM

The reasons to buy organic herbs and spices are the same as the reasons to buy organic produce. However, I would resist the urge to buy bulk herbs and spices at Costco for a different reason. Herbs and spices lose their potency and should be... (more)

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by 56616 · about 15 hours ago

Some preliminary studies have connected AD disorders to food additives in children, but I would be curious to know if any of you have tried eliminating seasonings/spices and if it's had any effect. I have been noticing lately that when I eat spicy... (more)

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Olivia 0 · September 21, 2011 at 3:04 AM

Can't say I've noticed any difference. I've been through periods where I was only eating very bland, unseasoned food (protein sources= plain tinned fish and hard-boiled eggs, dorm living FTW) and periods where i've eaten lots of heavily seasoned... (more)

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by 78422 · about 15 hours ago

According to Douglas Kalman MS, RD, FACN, many herbs have a deleterious effect on testosterone levels. Many extol the benefits of turmeric but in light of the following data(from the above source) would turmeric be a wise addition to the... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · August 11, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Turmeric should be in the water supply in my view.

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by 5838 · about 15 hours ago

I was recently evaluating my diet for strengths and weaknesses and I came across some info on cinnamon and it's toxicity. Unfortunately for me, I happen to use it quite frequently, because I like the taste, and I've read about its various... (more)

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Ebice 0 · August 17, 2011 at 3:22 AM

Nutmeg has hallucinogenic properties at ridiculously high levels. I hope no one comes up with something bad about cumin.

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by 15 · about 15 hours ago

I am starting the paleo diet soon and there are no spices or flavor inhancers on the paleo food lists that I've found. What is ok to use? like salt, pepper, garlic salt,etc. and any salad dressings that are ok?

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · May 30, 2011 at 11:05 PM

If you think about what "Paleo" is supposed to mean (elimination of neolithic agents like wheat gluten, excess PUFA, and chemical colors, "flavors", and preservatives) there is no reason why most if not all common herbs and spices wouldn't be... (more)

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by 2423 · about 15 hours ago

How do you spice your beef? I've been using salt and garlic and am looking for additional options. Edit: Mainly wondering about steaks, but all input is appreciated.

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tartare 0 · May 01, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Ok, for ground beef: hamburgers: very basic, salt and pepper indian meatballs: 1lb ground beef, some cumin, garam masala, chopped garlic, chopped fresh cilantro and a little chili powder, form into balls, cook in a indian spiced tomato sauce, add... (more)

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by 20411 · about 15 hours ago

Just bought a seafood spice mix to go with the wild salmon that I microwaved for lunch (don't get me started!). It says: salt, spices, dehydrated garlic, paprika and dehydrated onion. What can the food companies include under "spices"? Oh, whew!... (more)

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Emily_5 0 · April 14, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Just because it says "NO MSG" doesn't mean much. It may still have ingredients which act like MSG. Anything hydrolyzed, most extracts (yeast extract, spice extract) and most natural flavors, flavorings and spices contain free glutamate- which is... (more)

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by 1348 · about 15 hours ago

Tacos from scratch are pretty paleo, the shell/tortilla is of course up for debate. I choose to allow them as they are kind of rare for me. What are some great spice blends to use on the ground meat? The packaged type usually have loads of... (more)

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Shari_Bambino 0 · March 28, 2011 at 10:24 PM

I've used this recipe for years and it's pretty good. I'll add some additional ancho chili pepper if I have it. LINDA'S TACO SEASONING - BIG BATCH 4 tablespoons chili powder 3 tablespoons paprika 4 tablespoons cumin 2 tablespoons onion powder 2... (more)

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by 5838 · about 15 hours ago

Analyzing my cooking pattern, I notice that I have 3 "go-to" spices that I essentially add to every dish (no joke) Cayenne Pepper Tumeric Cumin In an effort to expand my culinary horizons, I ask, What spices do you find yourself always... (more)

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being 0 · January 26, 2011 at 7:59 PM

i cant choose three. most frequently i cook with cumin, coriander, smoked paprika and cinnamon for spices. i use a lot of spice blends from north africa and the middle east like harissa, garam masala and baharat. grains of paradise are used a... (more)

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by 146 · about 15 hours ago

Capsaicin is the chemical that makes some peppers spicy. It also stops mammals from grinding up the seeds with their molars -- unless, say, a mammal happens to have acquired a taste for heat. It's difficult to be human. On the one hand it's... (more)

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Eva 0 · July 27, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Capsaicin is said by many to kill intestinal parasites. I've heard it said that there is a correlation between capsaicin intake of human populations and the amount of parasites present in that same area. Such that tropical cultures tend eat a lot... (more)

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by 230 · about 15 hours ago

Hi folks, I am pretty new to paleo - started 8 weeks ago, and have read Paleo for Athletes, Cordain's original Paleo, and Audette's Neanderthin. Mostly going with the Paleo for Athletes routine, with some carbs allowed just after exercise, and... (more)

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Susan 0 · July 17, 2010 at 11:15 PM

I would suggest limiting the fruit. Apples are very high in fructose and that can aggravate the stomach and digestive tract (see fructose malabsorption). Fructmal could be causing your lack of energy. Fruit juices, especially apple juice, are... (more)

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by 35 · October 23, 2014 at 3:57 AM

What are the realistic anti-inflammatory benefits of cooking with spices when the recommended dosage of eg. turmeric is 300-600mg 3x a day?

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by 20 · October 23, 2014 at 3:55 AM

Hi everyone, I am a new englander and my husband is from Chicago. This is relevant because I could eat boiled dinner for the rest of my life and be happy (must be leftover from my Irish roots, haha) but he likes his flavors big and bold. For... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · November 09, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I have a few pounds of lamb marinading right now in the fridge in a mixture of garlic (lots), olive oil, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and fresh lemon juice. This is my standard marinade for lamb and pork. ... (more)

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by 226 · October 23, 2014 at 3:47 AM

Hi All, I've recently discovered (thanks to this awesome site) that nightshades such as sweet peppers, red chili powder, or curry powder for that matter have been causing me to have headaches and arthritic symptoms! I'm wondering if it is best... (more)

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Christopher_Gagnon 0 · August 03, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I have a relative who gave up all dried spices on account of some sort of fungal contamination. I think it was aflatoxin, and according to her, it's ubiquitous in dried spices, and for sensitive people, causes lots of inflammation. I'd never... (more)

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by 519 · October 23, 2014 at 3:32 AM

As the topic says, what spices do you regularly find yourself using alllll the time? For me, I love coconut mousse, which I just use coconut with cocoa and cinnamon. For the meatier side of things, it's hard to put down cayenne and garlic. ... (more)

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none 0 · February 29, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Chipotles - whole, canned or powdered. Hurts soooo good. Like FIRE! :)

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by 1600 · October 23, 2014 at 3:30 AM

I don't just mean "spicy" spices. I just visited a local spice shop and came home with a few glorious smelling spices from other cultures. Everywhere from the middle east to Russia! I have no idea how the spices I picked out should be used.. I... (more)

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Wcc_Kamal_Stabby_fan 0 · February 09, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Herbs are good sources of nutrients: http://paleodietnews.com/2975/paleo-herbs-and-spices/

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