Sunday, February 26, 2017

ATTENTION: These Famous Stock Cubes Are Very Dangerous According To Recent Study - Here's Why!

Knorr, Maggi, Ajinomoto, Kitano – all these brands have been highly popular and the favorite choice of stock for millions of people. People buy these stock cubes considering them healthy, but rarely anyone knows that the flavoring used on them contains one very dangerous ingredient.

This may sound very unbelievable to many because most people rely on them for seasoning, but a visit to their website reveals that the product is made of the following ingredients:

SALT, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM OIL, CORNSTARCH, AND LESS THAN 2% OF DEHYDRATED BEEF, CARAMEL COLOR, NATURAL FLAVOR, DISODIUM INOSINATE, SPICES, TURMERIC, TBHQ (PRESERVATIVE).

Of all the mentioned ingredients, Monosodium glutamate is the very dangerous one. MSG is a chemical additive that can cause nausea, skin allergies, tachycardia, vomiting, headaches, irregular heartbeat, dizziness and depression when ingested.

Gllutamate stimulates the production of acetycholine in the endocrine system, a substance that reduces the glucose absorption in the body. Too much acetylcholine can result in weight gain and Alzheimer’s disease, and some experts have also linked it to other neurodegenerative conditions.

The famous taste of these brands is a sign of how powerful the chemical is. Sodium glutamate is added to almost any processed food nowadays, especially in chicken, beef and vegetable broth cubes. The compound makes us eat more by blocking the neurological function of the hypothalamus, which is responsible for controlling our appetite. This is why it’s important to avoid consuming the substance.

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If you want a simple, cheap and delicious solution, you need to use fresh or frozen natural spices dipped in olive or coconut oil and then frozen in ice cube trays. In this way, you can just take out a cube and add it to the broth, which is far healthier that using the popular spices by the aforementioned brands.

Homemade Stock Cubes

Homemade stock cubes are perfect for those intolerant to MSG, for kids recipes and for those concerned about what goes into their food.

* For chicken flavoured homemade stock cubes, you will need:
  • 500g Chicken bones or minced chicken breast
  • 3 leeks (or 6 Spring onions)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 big carrots
  • Salt to taste (optional)


* For fish flavoured homemade stock cubes, you will need:
  • 3 Mackerel/Titus heads
  • 1 leek (or 2 spring onions)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 big carrots
  • Salt to taste (optional)

* For beef flavoured homemade stock cubes, you will need:
  • 500g of cow ribs (costilla de tenera/vaca in Spanish)
  • 3 leek (or 6 spring onions)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 big carrots
  • Salt to taste (optional)


* For vegetable homemade stock cubes:

Here, you will need to use your favourite vegetables and herbs. Cut them up, put them in a pot, add vegetable oil and salt and cook till they are very soft. Blend and pass through a sieve then pour in ice cube trays and freeze. Vegetables and herbs you can use include:
  • Leeks (or spring onions)
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Scent leaves or parsley
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Basil
  • Rosemary

Procedure

The directions described here is for making chicken flavoured stock cubes in your home but the same procedure applies to beef flavoured and fish flavoured homemade stock cubes.
  1. Cut up the chicken and vegetables into small pieces.
  2. Put everything in a pot, add water to half the level of the contents of the pot and cook on medium to high heat for 45 minutes or till everything is soft and tender.
  3. Set aside to cool down completely.
  4. Remove the bones from the chicken.
  5. Blend the chicken and vegetables.
  6. Strain with a sieve to remove all traces of bones and other particles that did not blend well.
  7. Pour into ice cube trays and place in the freezer overnight.
  8. Once frozen, bring out from the ice cube trays and put in a container with a cap.
  9. Cover and put back in the freezer. That's it!
  10. Add to your cooking as you would use store-bought stock cubes.