Is it Safe to Use Spices While on the hCG Diet?

The hCG diet has been around for many years now and despite its place in history, a lot of people still get misinformation about the actual diet.

Most people only know about phase 2 of the hCG diet where you restrict your calorie intake to 500 calories a day. But, there are many phases to the hCG diet such as the loading phase, the pre-maintenance, and the maintenance period (apart from phase 2, of course).

Now, when it comes to eating foods on the hCG diet, there are a number of people that are asking if it is safe to consume spices while they are on the diet plan.

The simple answer is yes but I will break it down for you so you will truly understand why it is okay to use spices while on the hCG diet.

Now, I am just going to put a little disclaimer here: although you can use spices while on the hCG diet, the actual amount should be minimal.

You see, some spices contain a lot more sodium than others. Sodium may be healthy, but it has to be in small quantities. That is because sodium retains water and that might affect your weight on the weighing scale when you use it.

Aside from the sodium content, you need to keep a close eye on the label of the spices. That is because different spice manufacturers add some things that might be detrimental for you while on the hCG diet.

Some manufacturers add a little bit more sugar, starch, and other preservatives. So, be sure to check the label when you’re going to buy spices for your dishes.

If you do not know some spices that you can use while on the hCG diet, then here are some permissible ones:

Basil

Bay Leaf

Cayenne Pepper

Allspice

Cinnamon

Cilantro

Cumin

McCormick Spices

Nutmeg

Onion Powder

Paprika

Salt

Stevia

Turmeric

White Pepper

Chili Powder

These are just some of the spices that are permissible to use while on the hCG diet. If I were you, I would really add spices to my dishes.

Spices not only provide an additional depth of flavor but they are also healthy as well. Some diet advocates actually encourage the use of spices because it helps you lose weight.

Spices contain a compound known as “Capsaicin” which actually boosts your body’s metabolism; hence, it improves your fat-burning prowess.

There are many hCG diet recipes out there that make use of spices because of the added flavor and the promise of losing weight even more because of Capsaicin.

Now, you might be wondering why Stevia is considered a spice. Well, the thing about Stevia is that there are a lot of variants.

There are Stevias that can add some sweetness while there are some that adds a bit of spiciness and kick. Stevia is one of the best things you can add to your dishes, especially when you’re on the hCG diet due to the fact that it is naturally made and it contains no harmful additives.

So in summation, yes, it is safe to use spices while on the hCG diet. Just make sure to check the label and buy spices that do not contain a lot of harmful additives. Also, be sure to check for the sodium content as well.