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Caution re: Mexican "Vanilla"

kaleokahu Dec 2, 2010 02:41 PM

A poster recently posted this FDA link in a Cookware thread that anyone who cooks with Mexican vanilla or extract ought to know about: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/Consu...

The thrust is that a lot of Mexican "vanilla" and extract contains tonka bean extract (which tastes and smells just like vanilla). Tonka beans are high in a compound known as coumadin, which is the same as the prescription drug Warfarin. Coumadin/warfarin is a high-potency blood thinner. Folks who are already on blood thinning meds who consume this "vanilla" are at risk of bleeds and ischemic stroke!