Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Thoughts: What is in chicken salt?
Us Aussies love to put chicken salt on our chips - or french fries as the Americans say!
Chicken Salt is a seasoning comprising table salt blended with herbs, spices, flavourings, and sometimes monosodium glutamate, often containing chicken extracts.
Ingredients for store purchased chicken salt are: Salt, Natural Chicken Extract, Paprika, Onion, Garlic, Acidity Regulator (Citric), Wheat Starch, Pepper, Celery Seed and monosodium glutamate.
The MSG also known as monosodium glutamate as well as the 'natural chicken extract' is what makes this salt not so great for our health. MSG is used as a food additive and is commonly marketed as a flavour enhancer. MSG alone kills brain cells (neurons), causing permanent damage to the endocrine system that controls weight gain. Diet and exercise will do little of a permanent nature for a person whose endocrine system has been damaged in this way. (Check out a photo of two mice from the same litter, one fed MSG and the other not, here.)
So the good news for chicken salt lovers is that you can make your own - Earth Diet friendly recipe! (This will make quite a lot of salt so you can store it and use it over again :)
You will need a mortal and pestle to grind and a food dehydrator (you can still make this without one)
1 Tablespoon Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
1 Tablespoon Paprika
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder - grind onions and then dehydrate to a dry powder
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder -grind garlic and then dehydrate to a dry powder
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Thyme
1 teaspoon Sage
1 teaspoon Lemon Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 organic chicken boiled in water.
Use the juice from this, aka as chicken stock and use a dehydrator to dry the stock to a powder where you can form cubes like Chicken Bouillon Cubes. The ones you buy in the supermarket are made by dehydrating chicken stock with high amounts of sodium, then forming it into a small cube. It is the sodium you want to stay away from, not to mention the chicken overdosed on antibiotics and hormones! If you do not have a dehydrator then buy organic chicken bouillon and use 4 tablespoons in this recipe. And worse case, if you cannot source organic then purchase regular - and at least you are making your very own chicken salt MSG free!
Once you have your own dehydrated chicken stock, or organic chicken bouillon, mix all ingredients in a bowl. And whalaaaa Chicken Salt!
This goes lovely with some potato wedges, or raw jicama fries! Yes these are on The Earth Diet - as long as you get the potatoes, cut them and fry them your self! :)
Quotes: It is what we say it is, and nothing else.
What I Ate Today:
Meal 1: A beetroot (beet), celery, ginger, carrot and spinach juice!
Meal 2: Fresh orange juice - I juiced 2 oranges - mmm!
Meal 3: A Creamy Coconut Ball with a dollop of peanut butter :)
Created from honey, lemon, cashew nuts, coconut and vanilla!
Meal 4: 2 nectarines
Meal 5: A Raw Burger! The best raw I've ever had at Raw Soul in Manhattan! Created with sprouted quinoa and flax dehydrated buns, walnut pumpkin seed, brazil nut, onion, celery, flax oil patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, barbecue sauce (apple cider) and mustard.
Meal 6: Raw Jicama fries! With apple cider, nutmeg, oregano and lime!
Recipe: The recipe for Creamy Coconut Balls and more are available free on The Earth Diet website www.TheEarthDiet.Org
Exercise: A run in the morning, and a stretch and a sauna later at Big Al's Family Fitness! And a beautiful walk around Central Park with a beautiful friend.
26 days to go!!!