In the Consumer Reports test of the 126 spices for heavy metals, all of the products tested had the lowest levels of heavy metals, falling into the study’s “no concern” or “some concern” categories were made by McCormick, Spice Islands, Simply Organic, Great Value (Walmart’s store brand) and Morton & Bassett.
Another reason to replace the herbs and spices in your pantry is if they’re old. It’s a good idea to discard any spices that are more than two years old, due to the fact that the polyphenols, which have health benefits, degrade over time and especially when they’re exposed to light. You may still get flavor if you use them, but you won’t get the health benefits, and maximizing the potency of these disease-fighting polyphenols offsets any potential harm from very small amounts of contaminants.
It’s a good idea to grow your own herbs, especially if you’re a heavy user of basil, oregano, or thyme. Basil, in particular, is super easy to grow and use in your kitchen. You could even get an herb dryer will make the process even easier.
Here is a list of links to some products that passed and are also organic.
- Simply Organic Basil
- Simply Organic Black Pepper
- Simply Organic Chili Powder
- Simply Organic Coriander
- Simply Organic Ground Cumin
- Simply Organic Curry Powder
- Simply Organic Garlic Powder
- Simply Organic Ginger
- Simply Organic Paprika
- Krokos Kozanis Organic Greek Red Saffron in Filaments
- Woodstock Organic Sesame Tahini Unsalted
- Grain Brain Organic Hulled Sesame Seeds
- Simply Organic Turmeric
- Great Value (Walmart) Organic Ground White Pepper
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