Is Your Spice Cabinet Full of Heavy Metals?

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Happy Saturday! I have a declutter challenge for you this weekend: Your Spice Rack/Cabinet!

CR tested 126 products from McCormick, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and other popular brands. Roughly one-third of the tested products, 40 in total, had high enough levels of arsenic, lead, and cadmium combined, on average, to pose a health concern for children when regularly consumed in typical serving sizes. Most raised concern for adults, too.”

“Frequent exposure to even small amounts of lead, arsenic, cadmium, and other heavy metals is dangerous, in part because it’s difficult for the human body to break them down or excrete them. And over time, exposure to those heavy metals can harm health. In children, it can affect brain development, increasing the risk for behavioral problems and lower IQ. In adults, it can contribute to central nervous system problems, reproductive problems, and hypertension, and can damage kidney and immune function.”

https://www.consumerreports.org/food-safety/your-herbs-and-spices-might-contain-arsenic-cadmium-and-lead/

This. Is. Disgusting.

We are supposed to trust that the beauty, self-care, and feminine-care products we use are safe, they’re not. We are supposed to trust that the food on the shelves is safe for us to consume, it’s not. And don’t even get me started on Big Pharma. (Don’t forget to check if you or a loved one are entitled to compensation though πŸ˜‰.)

Growing up, I ate nothing but Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (not an exaggeration). Those powder packets have already been proven horrendous for you, and Kraft could care less. #KleanUpKraft

As a stay at home mom, I cook nearly every meal at home. Using spices all day, every day. I LOVE SPICES!!!! ALL THE SPICES!!! Needless to say, this report hit me hard. Especially because after switching to a strictly organic diet for our home, it seems that my organic spices are just as contaminated as the rest of them. I feel like I was robbed. Those spices are sometimes triple (if not more) the the price of their non-organic counterpart, which I thought I was paying for, for our health.

Turns out I was wrong. In fact, spices (even organic ones) have a long history of containing BPA and Phthalates as well. If you are unfamiliar with Phthalates, HERE is a good place to start.

So since our spices are contaminated, what are we supposed to do?

If possible, start an organic garden and grow your own herbs so that you know exactly where your herbs are coming from πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŒΎ.

But for those of us who just don’t have time for that (but have dreams of getting to that point one day), Young Living offers a Vitality Line of essential oils. The Vitality Line is perfect for adding flavor without adding heavy metals to your food.

I also love adding a few drops of lemon (& other citrus oils) to water to give it flavor without wasting any unused lemon slices. Plus they provide added health benefits! A few drops of lemon in water can help boost your energy + improve skin appearance. It can help detoxify your liver & alkalize your body. A few drops of orange Vitality oil can boost your metabolism + help with indigestion. It can also act as an anti-depressant + immune booster. Adding grapefruit can help curb sugar cravings + help with bloating.

Having an oil on hand cuts down on prep work which is perfect for busy moms. It is also nice to be able to have an oil of those hard to find spices that you need for one recipe you’re dying to try, but know you probably aren’t going to need again, at least any time soon.

Save & print out this conversion chart to use while cooking with Vitality Oils. You can frame it and hang it in your kitchen to double as decor πŸ™‚

The entire Vitality Line is NON-GMO certified as well as EarthKosher certified. Read about Young Livings Seed to Seal promise HERE.

Check the list of concerning spices on the Consumer Report, and if you currently have them in your kitchen, toss them out. Do not finish them for the sake of wasted money or products. Your life is more important than that ❀. Have fun decluttering & enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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