Basic Spices & Flavor Enhancers (also on AIP)

Basic Spices & Flavor Enhancers (also on AIP)


thymeThe ready spice mixes contain many highly refined food additives which irritate humans intestines. Healthy people usually don’t feel it but someone with compromised digestive system will experience unpleasant symptoms.

Paleo diet (considered a healing diet) allows using spices and herbs. But spices are powerful ingredients and some of them could irritate the very damaged intestinal wall (at celiac patients without intestinal villi, people with a leaky gut). For us there is developed Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). It is an elimination diet which excludes all foods potentially irritating guts for a period of time (30-90 days) sufficient to fully heal intestines.

People with diagnosed celiac disease (or other gluten intolerance) can use dry spices only from the brands that guarantee no gluten traces.

Simple flavor inducing food ingredients approved for AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) 

  • Onion (fresh & dry)
  • Chives (fresh & dry)
  • Garlic (fresh & dry)
  • Imbir (fresh & dry)
  • Horseradish (fresh & dry)
  • Lemon grass
  • Turmeric
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley (fresh & dry)
  • Dill (fresh & dry)
  • Basil (fresh & dry)
  • Other fresh or dry herbs: Marjoram, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon, Bay Leaves, Lavender, Cilanto, Peppermint, Saffron, Sage, Tarragone,
  • Salt
  • Fruits: oranges, pineapple, bananas, apple mousse, raisins,
  • Coconut flakes
  • Carob
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Mushrooms
  • Crispy bacon (e.g. instead of croutons on salad)
  • Ghee
  • Olives green & black
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Capers
  • Sauerkraut


AIP friendly ingredients for bases of homemade saucesgravy

  • Olive oil
  • Avocado
  • Ghee
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut cream
  • Lemon juice
  • Orange juice
  • Bone broth
  • Vegetables pure
  • Fruits pure (e.g. rhubarb, apple)
  • Water with coconut flour or arrowroot starch


There are many many other basic ingredients which could be used in Paleo recipes but NOT in AIP diet.

Some examples

  • Nut butters
  • Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds butter
  • Mustard, mayonnaise
  • Egg yolk
  • Nut milks (almond milk)
  • Seeds derived spices like cumin, pepper
  • Tahini
  • Roasted sesame seeds
  • Poppy seeds
  • Cocoa/cacao
  • Vanilla
  • Nightshades like tomato’s, red pepper and products made of.

I hope that such a list inspires to experiment with flavors or/and makes the AIP shopping a bit easier. Have fun shopping for new ingredients and experiment!

Kati xxx


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