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Certain Spices/Herbs with Toxicity Issues

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 19, 2011 at 9:08 PM

I was recently evaluating my diet for strengths and weaknesses and I came across some info on cinnamon and it's toxicity. Unfortunately for me, I happen to use it quite frequently, because I like the taste, and I've read about its various anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxident properties. From what I understand, cinnamon contains coumarin, which is toxic and has deleterious effects on the liver and kidneys. Different types of cinnamon are safer, due to their varying levels of coumarin content.

Of course, all things in moderation is the safest route, but I'm wondering if anyone else knows of any spice, herb, or anything else we might be coming in contact with often that has these lower toxicity levels?

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on July 31, 2012
at 07:09 PM

[citation needed]

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on August 31, 2011
at 06:01 AM

I'm in trouble too if there is anything wrong with cumin. Mmmm...I freakin' love the the stuff. A buddy of mine actually had cumin scented oil he'd wear, and I thought it was pretty yummy smelling.

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on August 31, 2011
at 05:33 AM

Penzey's sells real Ceylon cinnamon, and it's pretty stellar stuff. That said, Cook's Illustrated preferred their Chinese cassia for flavor.

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on August 17, 2011
at 01:46 AM

Why is your reputation at 1, PersonMan?

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on July 20, 2011
at 03:59 AM

If anyone's looking, here's a source of Ceylon Cinnamon I like: http://www.iherb.com/Frontier-Natural-Products-Organic-Ceylon-Cinnamon-Ground-1-76-oz-50-g/35483?at=0 I guess it's a bit pricier, but cinnamon seams to last me forever. Can use URI918 for $5 off first Iherb order.

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on July 20, 2011
at 01:35 AM

If you can find real ceylon cinnamon, it has a very small fraction of the amount of coumarin than the more common cassia cinnamon.

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on July 19, 2011
at 09:29 PM

interesting, I'd also thought it was good for the anti-inflammatory properties....I'm curious now!

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on August 17, 2011
at 03:22 AM

Nutmeg has hallucinogenic properties at ridiculously high levels.

I hope no one comes up with something bad about cumin.

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on August 31, 2011
at 06:01 AM

I'm in trouble too if there is anything wrong with cumin. Mmmm...I freakin' love the the stuff. A buddy of mine actually had cumin scented oil he'd wear, and I thought it was pretty yummy smelling.

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on July 20, 2011
at 12:15 AM

I have heard that cinnamon causes mouth cancer(for example if you chew a cinnamon stick). This doesn't deter my cinnamon stick chewing practices though...

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on August 17, 2011
at 01:46 AM

Why is your reputation at 1, PersonMan?

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on July 31, 2012
at 07:09 PM

[citation needed]

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on July 31, 2012
at 10:12 AM

I am begining to think that many herbs and spices are more medicinal in nature than things we should be eating regularly.

Cinnonon, tumeric, and tea all lower blood sugar, for example.

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on August 17, 2011
at 03:37 AM

The amount you'd have to take to kill you would be massive. Too much water will kill also.

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