I feel like I need to include every sort of disclaimer here because these foods are not perfect and I am sure many will find reasons to criticize them. However, I will absolutely admit how hard it can be to switch your family to a whole food based diet when coming from the standard American diet. While theses foods are not ideal and can be very inflammatory due to poor quality oils, sugar, non-organic, high in x,y,z etc. they may help reduce free glutamate exposure or are slightly cleaner options when switching to a whole food diet. Strictly avoiding processed sources of free glutamate has been essential to our health, especially our son’s neurological health. Please keep in mind that many of these foods can also feed underlying pathogens which can additionally create a surge in glutamate. The following items have been linked via Amazon and/or Thrive Market affiliate accounts where I may earn a commission from. Products may need to be sourced based on availability and/or pricing.
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99% of the condiments we use with our son are homemade. However, I have found some that are relatively cleaner for my husband and any of our guests…
We have not used this with our son. However, apple cider vinegar is the least offensive form of vinegars. We can source these at our local Whole Foods
THIS ITEM IS NOT LOW GLUTAMATE, WE DO NOT GIVE IT TO OUR SON. However, it is relatively cleaner than some of the other processed options and I keep it on hand for my husband and guests.
Spices and Spice Cabinet Finds
Baking Powder is another to be aware of. It is highly processed and often contains free glutamate in the form of cornstarch. A quick sub for baking powder is mixing equal parts fresh lemon juice and baking soda.
“Extracts” (i.e. rosemary extract in meat, vanilla extract, almond extract, etc.) are also a way in which free glutamate can be hidden. These items can easily be made at home but be sure to use potato* vodka in the process. We make ours homemade or use whole vanilla beans.
Spices- Through Dr. Reid, we’ve discovered that the FDA code of regulations has specific requirements for the “spice” or “spices” label. Using the term “spices” allows manufacturers to protect their proprietary blends without revealing trade secrets. Use of this term also allows for free glutamate to be hidden in products. Not all spice manufacturing processes are created equal. For example, powdered foods and additives often contain additional stabilizing, sulfating, and/or anticaking substances, and all of these can be called “spices” on an ingredient label. Free glutamate is very often a result of many of these manufacturing processes. We have reacted to foods containing “spice”, so we only purchase foods where the ingredients are specifically called out. For example, organic basil, organic oregano, etc.
The same is true for the term ‘powder’. Like, “spices”, often fillers and anti-caking agents are allowed as an ingredient but not required to be labeled under that term. The powder process also sometimes involves high pressure, heat or hydrolysis conditions that can create free glutamate in the process. We specifically, look for the term ‘ground’ or ‘granules’ for a safer and cleaner option. Fresh herbs/spices are always the safest and most potent for therapeutic properties. Do not forget to read ingredients on spice blends for hidden sources of MSG.
The Spicely brand is by far my favorite!! We love Spicely because they are organic, gluten-free, no peanuts, no soybeans, no milk, no eggs, no fish, no sugar, no truants, no artificial color, no preservatives, no artificial sweeteners, no citric acid, no corn starch, no potato flour, no salt, no hydrogenated oil, no fillers and less risk with “powders”. Their products are produced only from whole herbs and spices. We can source them at our local Whole Foods. Here are just a few of our favorites they have many, many more available …