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Don't keep stock cubes in your cabinets anymore. Here's what you should use instead.

Salt, a major element in stock cubes, raises blood pressure. Heart, stroke, and renal disease are always risks with high blood pressure.

By Jacob DamianPublished 2 months ago 4 min read
Stock Pots and Cubes

Over the years, stock cubes have become very common in our kitchens. But this little piece of taste hides a scary truth!

On the surface, stock cubes seem to be an excellent spice that may be ideal for improving the flavour of the foods that you prepare. They are used very often. However, there are situations when their makeup is cause for concern. Some of the food additives that they contain include glutamate, and they are sold in supermarkets. Additionally referred to as a "synthetic flavour enhancer," it imparts a characteristic salty flavour to food and is associated with the phenomenon that is often referred to as the "Chinese restaurant syndrome."

Using this product on a consistent basis may result in headaches, nausea, and a tightness in the chest... To put it simply, they are not desirable impacts that we could live without. In point of fact, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) strongly suggested, in a study that was published in 2017, that the quantity of glutamates that are present in some foods be revised. These items include fine baked goods, soups, and industrial sauces.

The hidden risks associated with stock cubes

In addition to being a true addiction for certain customers, the cubes include MOAH, which are aromatic hydrocarbons derived from mineral oil that have the potential to cause cancer. In addition, the fact that these broths include palm oil, which has been shown to have devastating effects on the environment, lends credence to the notion that they may be much more hazardous than we currently believe. Despite the fact that organic stock cubes have a shorter and more understandable list of components, it is still important to eat them in moderation.

As a matter of fact, the amount of fat and sugar involved is precisely the same as that of traditional stock cubes. Additionally, they include a significant amount of salt, notably in the case of veal stock, animal broths, vegetable broths, and fish stock. Because of the high amount of salt they contain, stock cubes are a sworn enemy of both weight reduction and good health... It is important to carefully read every label, including for items that are labelled as "organic." These broth cubes have an estimated quantity of salt that ranges from 0.43 to 1.63 grammes per 150 millilitres, which is more than 25 percent of the recommended daily consumption. This information comes from the French group known as 60 Millions de Consommateurs. Consuming an excessive amount of anything might therefore lead to significant illness.

Possible substitutes for stock cubes that are healthier

Be calm; in order to maintain your health, you do not have to spend the rest of your life consuming foods that are tasteless and tasteless. In order to season your dishes and add just as much taste as stock cubes, here are a few natural alternatives to stock cubes.

Make use of various herbs, spices, and other condiments.

Spices, herbs, and other seasonings are a genuine pantry essential since they provide a myriad of options that may be used with a broad range of cuisines and foods, including the following:

For example, basil, thyme, rosemary, garlic, onions, paprika, and laurel leaf

In order to avoid using industrial broths and other potentially harmful elements in your meals, it is important to make an effort to find alternative recipes. The combination of certain seasonings or alliums can perhaps come as a surprise to you. However, before you begin, make sure that you thoroughly clean your spice rack!

Take a look at this alternate recipe for making your own homemade broth.

Making your own vegetable, poultry, or beef stock is, nevertheless, the best option that you can provide for yourself. So that you can simply get rid of those cubes and choose healthier alternatives, we have compiled an example recipe for you to create at home. This will allow you to make the switch. At the same time, you will be able to maintain your health without compromising the dish's flavour.

Nothing could be more straightforward in the kitchen:

Keep in reserve any remnants from vegetables, such as peelings, leaves, or the carcasses of chickens and fowl.

Bring them to a boil over high heat.

Adjust the seasoning to your liking.

To provide an additional layer of taste, fresh herbs may be used for individuals who have a need for sweets. To create a real cube form, drain the stock once it has been mixed, and then store it in the refrigerator (a helpful hint: use an ice cube tray). You won't just be able to steer clear of potentially hazardous ingredients by using this recipe, but you'll also be contributing to the reduction of food waste. A kind act that is beneficial to both your health and the environment.

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Jacob Damian

Whether you're looking to learn something new, explore different perspectives, or simply satisfy your curiosity, I can offer you insights and perspectives that you may not have considered before. With my ability to process and analyse.

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