The Untold Truth About Conventional Spices

July 04, 2020

The Untold Truth About Conventional Spices

Just like conventional food, many spices are treated with chemicals, contain GMOs, and are irradiated. In fact, almost all conventional spices sold in the U.S. are fumigated with toxic chemicals that are banned in Europe and other countries. Unfortunately, the the toxic truth about conventional spices is hardly ever talked about. 

Conventional Spices and Herbs:

  • Contain toxic pesticides
  • Are treated with hazardous chemicals
  • Have reduced medicinal qualities
  • Are often irradiated 
  • Contain GMOs, Synthetic anti-caking agents, and chemical additives/fillers

Pesticides are poisons and don’t just hurt “pests.” Pesticides are linked to a range of serious illnesses and diseases from respiratory problems to cancer. The same is true for GMO plants, as most are produced to allow for resistance to a specific herbicide - Roundup. This toxic herbicide is not only depleting our soils, ruining our waters, and hurting animal species, but it also hurts our own human species, as it is linked to serious illness and disease. Additionally, when herbs and spices are irradiated, this means that the farmers use radiation to kill bacteria on the plant. This process changes the chemical composition of a spice or herb, which creates carcinogenic by-products and free radicals. Free radicals cause disease and are something we want to avoid, not consume!

How Is Colorado Spice Different?

Colorado Spice was created to provide quality spices to its customers. Thus, where we source our herbs and spices from, is incredibly important to us, and always will be. That’s what sets us aside from conventional spice companies. Take our chili products for example. We source our chili from farmers in Hatch, New Mexico, where they grow non-GMO chilis without pesticides or herbicides. We recently visited our farmers to understand the chili producing process, which is not only a vibrant and beautiful process but the experience was reassuring as a company to know that our spices are well-sourced. Making an effort to know our farmers and learn about the source of origin of our products is important to us, so that we can feel confident about the beautiful herbs and spices that we offer to our customers.



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