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Much like coffee, spices are susceptible to filler additives that lessen the quality of the spices overall. Saffron gets replaced with flowers, corn silk, chalk, starch, and sugar; turmeric gets mixed in with saw dust, yellow clay, starch, and chalk powder; chili powder samples contain almond shell powder or sand. The worst instances? Brick powder for chili powder. Meanwhile, most or all of these spices tend to have color additives mixed in.

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