Spices and mixes are important in creating other foods in other categories. Without spices and mixes, many other foods would taste bland or even be inedible. Spices and mixes can take many forms, from dried to fresh. They also can be found in liquid form, such as liquid smoke, vanilla extract, or vinegar.
Most spices and mixes contain little to no fat. They can be high in sodium and sugar, however. They also contain dietary elements like calcium, folate, and protein, depending on what mix or sauce is being used. Fresh varieties like mint, rosemary, thyme, and others contain antioxidants that are good for people's skin, teeth, hair, and heart.
Companies that make spices and mixes available to the public include El Paso and Pace. McCormick specializes in making dried seasonings available. Some of the foods found in this category include fresh thyme, dried poultry seasoning, paprika, tarragon, dill weed, and marjoram. Most spices and mixes can be found in any grocery store, although specialty and organic stores may sell them as well.