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by 30 · March 31, 2013 4:01 PM

I've recently been getting into drinking the occasional cup of tea here and there mainly green tea but I've been trying many others as well. For me it's nice and relaxing to have a nice cup of tea as well as a nice beverage change other then... (more)

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greymouser 0 · March 04, 2013 7:42 PM

The biggest issue you will have with bagged tea is if the bags are bleached (if they are white, they probably are). If you don't mind investing in a plain old tea strainer, then go for loose tea. Tea wise, go for organic and stick to green tea,... (more)

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by 666 · February 23, 2013 4:25 AM

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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surfin_on_a_rocket_ 0 · February 23, 2013 4:25 AM

Cardamom is related to ginger so that may have similar properties.

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by 53 · January 09, 2013 5:41 AM

It contains: Tomatoes,dehydrated garlic, salt, jalapeno peppers, spices extract, crushed tomatoes and red chili peppers. What do you think ? Does it contain anything ''bad'' ?

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Monte 0 · January 09, 2013 5:41 AM

It's fine. Some may have reservations about "spices extract" but its really just the resins and essential oils of spices extracted using solvents (some okay, some bad). It's done to make the color, flavor, and heat consistent from batch to batch.... (more)

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by 35 · December 23, 2012 7:54 PM

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 3737 · December 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

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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Christina_13 0 · December 20, 2012 4:53 AM

I would think that is safe, since gluten-containing things never really contribute to flavor, so they wouldn't be labeled as "spices". And even if there was a small amount, considering how little anyone uses a particular spice at a time, there... (more)

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by 20 · November 10, 2012 9:15 PM

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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Eloise 0 · November 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

My husband is already complaining, but I can't get enough of the Starwood's Mild Curry Powder :D That Paleo recipe book ( timreviews.com/paleo-recipe-book ) I got started with also had a descent spice-book as an free add-on. Also a delicious... (more)

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by 15 · October 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM

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 227 · August 03, 2012 2:43 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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Crowlover_ 0 · August 03, 2012 2:43 AM

My advice would be to heal your (most likely) Leaky Gut so you can tolerate these things and also benefit from their anti-oxidant/anti-inflammatory properties. I have heard here that you can heal leaky gut with diet alone. I personally used... (more)

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by 5323 · August 18, 2012 5:30 PM

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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Andrew_18 0 · August 18, 2012 5:30 PM

Look again, a mere 5 grams of basil adds 27% RDA of Vitamin K to a meal and 1 calorie! That's a pretty dense calorie. Chilli is particularly nutrient dense, adding a 45 gram chilli to a meal adds 100% RDA Vitamin C, ~10% RDA Vitamin A, K, B6, and... (more)

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by 66 · April 26, 2012 7:53 PM

My personal favorites are Chili, Coriander, Cinnamon, and Basil

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Chris_33 0 · April 26, 2012 6:09 PM

Cinnamon, Tumeric, Paprika, Nutmeg, Salt. All on a sweet potato. <3

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by 520 · March 03, 2012 9:43 PM

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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syrahna 0 · March 02, 2012 3:50 AM

Aleppo pepper. (This is a must have, people!) Turmeric (for inflammation) sits on my counter and I sprinkle at least a token dash into almost everything - lots more in heavily spiced dishes. Other faves: hot Spanish smoked paprika, cumin that I... (more)

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by 1296 · February 14, 2012 7:37 AM

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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eric_9 0 · February 14, 2012 7:37 AM

I make an herbal tea mixture from which I drink freely during the day: Green Tea, Hibiscus flowers, Hawthorn Berries or leaves, Siberian Ginseng, Chamomile, Rose Hip Berries, Olive Leaves, Cayenne Pepper, Valerian, Comfrey leaves

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by 1602 · August 03, 2012 2:25 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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thhq 0 · August 03, 2012 2:25 AM

The basil is going crazy right now. I'm using it like lettuce, topping meat and making caprese salads with mozzarella and tomatoes. The fresh leaves might have some minor nutritional value but it's the scent and taste I'm after. Cilantro is the... (more)

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by 345 · December 21, 2011 3:40 PM

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 · May 23, 2013 6:33 PM

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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rht 0 · December 06, 2011 1:54 AM

There's some discussion of this over at celiac.com. There's another forum that uses home test kits for gluten over at Glutenzap. Celiac.com does not allow discussion of Glutenzap, due to concerns about spam. So, check out the tips at... (more)

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by 90 · April 20, 2012 9:18 PM

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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Neil_4 0 · April 03, 2012 2:37 PM

I faced the same dilemma. I don't have much overt sensitivity to gluten but I was concerned about how the spices and herbs were being handled. Many of the spices coming from China and other markets are irradiated before coming to the US. The... (more)

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by 987 · October 17, 2011 3:58 PM

Almost all my meals are the following: put some meat in a pan, brown in, add some veggies, add spices, cover and cook for 10 minutes (following Robb Wolf's advice). Simple and easy. And depending on whether I use the right spices, it can be... (more)

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The_Loon 0 · October 17, 2011 3:58 PM

My cooking is extremely simple and seasonal, so I just add whatever I have on hand. I like to brown meats in garlic and hot peppers, then add a sprig (fresh or dried) of thyme, oregano, or marjoram to cooking liquid and fish them out after a few... (more)

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by 55320 · June 12, 2013 7:43 AM

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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Stephen_Challen 0 · June 12, 2013 7:43 AM

I don't think spices are the problem but rather takeaway shops add various additives such as MSG to the food which they would not do normally for their own food at home. That said good takeaways and restaurants (change a little more) but often do... (more)

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by 77338 · August 12, 2011 8:05 PM

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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Jeff__1 0 · August 12, 2011 8:05 PM

I know you eat a lot of cholesterol (as do I), this is probably a good herb to include in your diet. It doesn't make sense to me though, that something that would upregulate LDL receptors would adversely affect t... (more)

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by 77338 · November 07, 2011 3:51 AM

What herbs and spices do you find most nutritious/beneficial to health? I have been sticking with turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, cayenne, ginger... what would you recommend to include that helps to scavenge estrogen, boost testosterone,... (more)

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Nyabca 0 · November 07, 2011 3:51 AM

Flavour of turmeric amazing- but recently read it can suppress liver phase1-then in turn phase2.

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by 5852 · July 31, 2012 at 10:12 AM

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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Jamie_14 0 · July 31, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I am begining to think that many herbs and spices are more medicinal in nature than things we should be eating regularly. Cinnonon, tumeric, and tea all lower blood sugar, for example.

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by 1584 · June 06, 2011 1:12 PM

Hello, I am in a sense addicted to this: What it is: Ground Chilli &amp; Garlic In Oil. Granted I have not ate it since going paleo because it has sugar in it and is not organic it contains MSG and soybean oil as well. Has anyone tired it?... (more)

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TexasPrimalSurfWahine__TPSW_ 0 · June 06, 2011 1:12 PM

I am addicted to a version of this the ground chili in oil. Because of the soybean oil I ended up creating my own by taking a large quantity of dried chili pequins I grew that had dried out, crushing them and covering them with coconut oil. The... (more)

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by 15 · May 31, 2011 2:10 AM

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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Rock_Paper_Shirley 0 · May 31, 2011 at 12:43 AM

Most salad dressings are made with soybean oil, which isn't your friend. If you do lacto-paleo, you can make dressings with yogurt as the base, or vinegar with spices if not. SOybean and other seed-derived oils are in most salad dressings, which... (more)

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by 2393 · May 02, 2011 9:04 PM

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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Graham_2 0 · May 02, 2011 9:04 PM

I love this taco seasoning recipe from Mark's Daily Apple: 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teasoon garlic powder or minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon salt 1/2... (more)

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by 20222 · August 13, 2013 2:50 PM

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 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)