What They Do: Provide flavors to a wide range of foods.
Some herbs and spices could be potentially considered a real food, if they are specifically named. There are some names that may not technically be a herb or spice, but are made to sort of sound like one. An example is vanilla and vanillin. Vanilla is the extract of the vanilla bean. Vanillin is a highly manufactured product, where specific chemicals are extracted from a number of products that are some of the same chemicals that are found in vanilla, but they are not vanilla.
When you see the word "spice" it will be a cover for a number of artificial flavorings, many that are toxic to humans, including MSG (mono sodium glutamate).
Some natural, pure herbs and spices can be used by the home cook. The highly manufactured versions do not have a place in the home kitchen.
Click underlined ingredients to learn more, and find out more about what each item does in specific types of foods.
Found used in these foods to give them flavor:
- BBQ sauce
- Ice cream
- Pudding and pie fillings
- Salad dressings
Examples of spices and herbs added to foods:
- Garlic powder
- Ginger puree
- Onion powder
- Potassium chloride