Friday, December 3, 2010

Read Your Labels!

One thing you get real good at while eating Paleo is label reading.  However, there may be somethings we forget or overlook,  like spices.  The following are a few examples of  some seasonings in my pantry from pre-Paleo days.  They seem quite unassuming read the labels.

Taco Seasoning:  Yellow corn meal, sea salt, chili pepper, onion, garlic, spices ( including cumin, oregano and cilantro), Demarara sugar (unrefined sugar), smoked paprika, red and green bell peppers, cocoa powder, chipotle chili powder, salt and Jalapeno Pepper.

Montreal Steak Seasoning: salt spices ( including black pepper and red pepper), garlic, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, natural flavor, and extracts of paprika

Sweet Mesquite Seasoning:  Sea salt, spices (black pepper, chili pepper, red pepper, oregano), dehydrated vegetables (onion, garlic, red bell pepper), demarara sugar, natural mesquite smoke flavor, citric acid, silicon dioxide.

Lemon and Pepper: salt, black pepper, citric acid, onion, sugar, garlic, calcium stearate, silicon dioxide, and calcium silicate, celery seed, lemon oil, and FD&C yellow 5 lake.

One surprise that I threw away already at Thanksgiving was a thing of pumpkin pie spice.  When I opened it, it looked like sugar was in it, so I read the ingredients and low and behold there it was, sugar. 

Don't stop reading your labels!  You may be ingesting things not knowingly.
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