Friday, November 1, 2013

Scary Spice: FDA's Recent Scrutiny on Spices Overblown?

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Spices have become lauded for their many health benefits in recent years. You can use them to simply doctor up your foods if you don't have time or money for diet overhaul or supplements. They can be purchased at incredibly reduced prices in bulk at health food stores and ethnic food shops.

It is true that most of these spices are imported and with imported foods there is always some risk. But is that to say that any major fear at this time is warranted? Probably not. Especially when you consider the actual numbers out from the FDA and consider the standards they implement on our own food and drug system here in the US. For instance, deaths implicated from a contaminated spice are extremely rare, yet FDA-approved drugs kill thousands of people annually.