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your pantry stocking guide suggests a curry paste from thai kitchen, a brand available in my home country the Netherlands. However, reading through the elaborate ingredients list of the curry pastes in Dutch, i notice they all contain cane sugar, regular sugar when fish sauce is included (red and green paste) and even wheat flour (yellow paste).

I am a little confused and cannot find the elaborate ingredients list in English. It all stays really vague.

In my paleo diet I am not allowed to use this product, and if I interpret the rules of whole30 correctly, it shouldnt be used either.


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often the same brand will have different formulations/ingredients depending on where it is sold. The Thai kitchen green curry paste I have in my fridge (in the US) contains only: green chili, garlic, lemongrass, galangal, salt, shallot, spices and kaffir lime. That makes it compliant. If yours has sugar or wheat flour, it's not permitted during the whole30.

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In my country "spices" has been specified with the actual ingredients including the ones I mentioned.

hmmm, I'm pretty sure "spices" can't mean wheat or sugar in the US. It must be a different recipe.

Here's what counts as "spices" in the US (from the FDA website):

(2) The term spice means any aromatic vegetable substance in the whole, broken, or ground form, except for those substances which have been traditionally regarded as foods, such as onions, garlic and celery; whose significant function in food is seasoning rather than nutritional; that is true to name; and from which no portion of any volatile oil or other flavoring principle has been removed. Spices include the spices listed in subpart A of part 582 of this chapter, such as the following:

Allspice, Anise, Basil, Bay leaves, Caraway seed, Cardamon, Celery seed, Chervil, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin seed, Dill seed, Fennel seed, Fenugreek, Ginger, Horseradish, Mace, Marjoram, Mustard flour, Nutmeg, Oregano, Paprika, Parsley, Pepper, black; Pepper, white; Pepper, red; Rosemary, Saffron, Sage, Savory, Star aniseed, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric.

Paprika, turmeric, and saffron or other spices which are also colors, shall be declared asspice and coloring unless declared by their common or usual name

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