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By: Jonathan Tait, D.O.

Where have you heard about secret herbs and spices?

That’s right – Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Umm. Umm. Finger-licking good.

Now before you think that I’m suggesting that you roll down the street, pick up a bucket of the Colonel’s original recipe and go to town, put down the keys and let me explain why he may have originally been on to something.

If we break down the Colonel’s original blend of secret herbs and spices, many would make the list for healthy additions to your cooking.

  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Accent (an MSG-based seasoning)

Other than the salt and MSG (and maybe the chili powder if you’re sensitive to nightshade plants that you can learn all about in The Pain Free Diet), the rest are very high in antioxidants and will help create a more anti-inflammatory environment within the body by bolstering the immune system.

Unfortunately, Colonel Harland David Sanders gave up command of the restaurant chain after his death in 1990 (He actually lived to 90!), and a new regime has dramatically altered the original recipe most likely to cut costs and boost profits.

The healthier herbs and spices have been replaced with the following: The New Secret Chemical Herbs and Spices

Seasoning: (Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Garlic Powder, Spice Extractives, Onion Powder), Soy Protein Concentrate, Rice Starch and Sodium Phosphates.

Battered with: Water, Wheat Flour, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Salt, Dextrose, Monosodium Glutamate, Spice and Onion Powder.

Predusted with: Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Salt, Dried Egg Whites, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Monosodium Glutamate, Spice and Onion Powder. Breaded with: Wheat Flour, Salt, Soy Flour, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Monosodium Glutamate, Spice, Nonfat Dry Milk, Onion Powder, Dextrose, Extractives of Turmeric and Extractives of Annatto.

Breading Set in Vegetable oil


If you look at the list, it reads more like an inventory for a science lab rather than a list of ingredients you would ever want to put in your body.

A four-step formula guaranteed to have your insides churning, your joints aching, and your brain buzzing for more.

Another “secret” is that KFC is one of the fast food industry’s leading users of MSG, or MonoSodium Glutamate, known to be a potential neurotoxin even in small amounts.

And this is just what goes on the OUTSIDE of the chicken.

I haven’t even gotten into the quality of fast-food chicken, or the highly inflammatory canola oil that is used to fry that chicken (and your arteries) to extra-crispy perfection.

We’ll have to save that for another day. Spoiler alert – it is even scarier.

In Part 2, I challenge the Colonel’s blend of spices with my own recipe of anti-inflammatory “special herbs and spices”.