Can I ask you a simple question – did you know that conventional spices contain harmful ingredients? Well, of course, and the next time you buy conventional spices, you should know that they contain artificial colors, preservatives, and GMOs. Many of the spices most people buy are treated with chemicals, contain GMOs and are irradiated. Thomas Fricke is the co-founder and president of ForesTrade, an organic spice company in Brattleboro, Vermont! He said that virtually all conventional spices sold in the United States are fumigated [sterilized] with hazardous chemicals that are banned in Europe.
Here’s what you need to know – well, spice contamination usually occurs during processing storage, distribution, sale. Spices can be contaminated with insect parts, rodent hair and feces. So in order to get rid of these not so yummy ingredients, conventional spice producers sterilize their spices with toxic chemicals. such as ethylene oxide. Ethylene oxide exposed lab rodents had similar cancers, and cellular studies confirm that ethylene oxide causes genetic (DNA) mutations and chromosomal damage that can lead to cancer.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the acute (short-term) effects of ethylene oxide in humans consist mainly of central nervous system (CNS) depression and irritation of the eyes and mucous membranes. Chronic (long-term) exposure to ethylene oxide in humans can cause irritation of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes, and problems in the functioning of the brain and nerves. Some human cancer data show an increase in the incidence of leukemia, stomach cancer, cancer of the pancreas, and Hodgkin’s disease in workers exposed to ethylene oxide.
Note: you should also know that these data are considered to be limited and inconclusive due to uncertainties in the studies. EPA has classified ethylene oxide as a Group B1, probable human carcinogen.
You should also know that another process of sterilizing spices is food irradiation. Well, this is the process of using radiation to kill bacteria and other contaminants. But while radiation is used to reduce bacteria in the spices we are consuming, the finished product has decreased levels of vitamins and natural enzymes. Irradiation changes the chemical composition of a spice, potentially creating toxic, carcinogenic by-products in the food and increasing our exposure to free radicals. Free radicals cause aging and disease – something we want to avoid at all costs!
Note: you should be very careful, because the conventional spices can also contain:
- Anti-caking agents that keep them from clumping together.
- GMO soy and corn derivatives
- Artificial colors
- Artificial flavors
Well, that’s easy to answer – you should always buy organic spices, because organic spices don’t contain any fillers, synthetic anti-caking agents, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives that may be found in conventional spices. They’re also not irradiated and are free of genetically modified ingredients. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You and have a good one!