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List of recommended seasonings and spices for the HCG diet

A common mistake many people make on the HCG diet is failing to use only the spices and seasonings explicitly listed in the Phase 2 listing of permissible foodstuffs1. Perhaps the spices listed are unobtainable in their local shops, or the errant dieters believe that any old brand will do, since they contain the same intrinsic spices and/or herbs.

However, all things are not equal in the spice and herb consumer arena because manufacturers process their spices differently, source them differently and include preservatives, sugars, starch, oils, fats and generally, toxins. Some might even have been genetically engineered. It might seem that the amount of sugars and starches in herb and spice seasonings is so negligible that even collectively totalled over a number of weeks, they can’t make much of a difference to the success or failure of the diet programme. That assumption is incorrect, as experienced practitioners administering the diet have discovered.

Should the dieter need to convince himself of the truth of the above, he can research2 typical ingredients and nutritional information on the web.

It is worth noting that Dr Simeon developed his diet after painstaking research and after carefully noting the causes and effects of various foodstuffs on the dieter’s weight and metabolism, when taken in conjunction with HCG. He notes that some prohibitions might seem counter-intuitive to the dieter, in that some foods contain fewer calories than those permitted, but still be prohibited. The reason for this is that the components of foods interact with each other and with the chemicals and processes in the body. HCG complicates the situation.

The permitted herbs and spices listed by various HCG vendors will have been carefully selected so that the dieter doesn’t have to read every label and cross-check with the plethora of HCG fact sheets to ensure that he remains within ‘safe’ parameters. He can be secure in the knowledge that what is listed is beneficial, and what is not, is suspect.

If local sourcing is problematic, the dieter can order the desired spices on the Internet. The small extra cost that this may entail is surely worth it, given the 40-90 days of self-discipline through which he will be putting himself – not to mention the cost associated with the sourcing of HCG. Why spend wads of cash on the treatment, then skimp over relatively negligent sums of money on important diet ingredients?

The phrase “spice up your life” was coined for a reason – spices improve the taste of food and are veritable mines of nutrients bestowing a wealth of health on those who partake of them. It is such a shame that manufacturers choose to package them up with toxins and undesirable additives, so turning health products into not-so-healthy products.

If you don’t like bottled or dried spices, you might like to source organically grown herbs and spices from your local farm shop. Or better still, grow your own.

For more nutritional information on permissible Phase 2 spices, inspirational recipes and hints and tips from experts, you may wish to obtain Linda Prinster’s and Leanne Mennemeier’s  book, “101 Worry-Free HCG Diet Recipes Plus Hints & Tips From Experts” (2008).

1     Phase 2 listing of permissible herbs and spices:

  • Allspice
  • Basil
  • By leaf
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Celery salt
  • Chilli powder or seasoning
  • Chines-style five-spice
  • Cilantro (fresh) or coriander leaf
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa (unsweetened)
  • Creole seasoning
  • Cumin seed (ground)
  • Dill (leaf and seed)
  • Garlic (cloves, granules, flakes, powder, salt)
  • Ginger root
  • McCormick (garlic pepper grinder, Italian herb seasoning grinder, steakhouse seasoning grinder, broiled steak seasoning salt, rotisserie chicken seasoning, herb chicken seasonings)
  • Mint leaves (dried or fresh)
  • Nutmeg
  • Onion (powder or salt)
  • Oregano (dried)
  • Paprika
  • Parsley (fresh or dried)
  • Pepper (ground and peppercorns)
  • SALT
  • SPICE Islands (Herbes de Provance, ground chipotle)
  • Stevia (Sweetleaf brand has no additives)
  • Thyme, thyme leaves
  • Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning
  • Turmeric
  • Weber Grill Creations N’Orleans Cajun seasoning
  • White pepper

2     Nutritional information on typical condiments can be found at the following locations:

Some sources of nutritional information:




Sources which provide nutritional information on almost anything:




A good source for fast food restaurant foods:



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