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Vanilla is a plant. The bean (fruit) is commonly used to make flavoring, but it is also used to make medicine.How Vanilla is Grown.
Vanilla is a flavor derived from a Mexican species of orchid called flat-leaved vanilla (Vanilla planifolia). This plant favors the hot, sticky, and wet climates in Central America and Mexico. Vanilla was first cultivated by the Totonac Indians of eastern Mexico. The Aztecs conquered the Totonac in the 1400s and adopted the plant for their own purposes, even making the Totonac pay tribute to the Aztec kings in vanilla beans. In 1520, Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes conquered the Aztecs and brought, along with plunder and other material goods, vanilla beans back to Spain. Cortes, then, is responsible for making vanilla an international commodity.
Generally speaking, commercially viable vanilla will come only from good vines that have gone through a careful method of production. Vanilla farmers need to ensure that plant height, shade necessities, organic material present in the soil, and a tree to grow the vanilla vine on are all met before planting their crop.
People take vanilla to treat intestinal gas and fever. They also use it to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac).
In foods and beverages, vanilla is a well-known flavoring, but it is also added to foods to reduce the amount of sugar needed for sweetening. Some people add vanilla to food to help stop tooth decay.
In manufacturing, vanilla is used as a flavoring in syrups used in making medications. It is also used as a fragrance in perfumes.
Vanilla extract can be pricey. So lab-produced vanilla is often used as a substitute for vanilla. Sometimes vanilla extracts are diluted with less expensive extracts. Vanilla extracts from Mexico have been diluted with tonga bean extracts, but these contain a chemical called coumarin. Since 1954, the FDA has prohibited the use of coumarin in food.
How does it work?
Vanilla contains chemicals that are high in flavor and fragrance, but it is not known how it works for medicinal uses.
Possible side effects include:
- Skin contact can cause irritation and swelling (inflammation). It might also cause headache and sleep problems (insomnia), especially for people who manufacture vanilla extract.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Vanilla is LIKELY SAFE for pregnant and breast-feeding women when taken by mouth in food amounts. Larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known.Vanilla is generally safe and well-tolerated in the amounts usually present in food. Vanillin at extreme doses may have some carcinogenic effects. An animal study on vanillin safety concludes
- “Vanillin was not cocarcinogenic when consumed orally. However, it was cocarcinogenic when being administered intraperitoneally at high concentrations. Hence, the use of vanillin in food should be safe but might have cocarcinogenic potential when it is used in high concentration for therapeutic purposes.”
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
We are not doctors, lawyers, accountants or your mom. We give out free smiles and the occasional unsolicited advice. That being said; if you are pregnant, nursing or concerned about your health, call your mom. Or even better, consult a doctors before consuming; particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.