{"id":606699127090,"title":"Is Tajín Bad For You? A Dietitian Answers","created_at":"2023-11-25T20:47:03-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Is Tajín Bad For You? A Dietitian Answers\",\n \"keywords\": \"is tajin bad for you\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team and dietitian review the ingredients in Tajín based on clinical studies to give our take on whether or not the popular seasoning is bad for you. We pick the healthiest Tajín product, and feature a NYT Cooking video with chefs showing how to cook with Tajín.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-tajin-bad-for-you\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University\"\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"editor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"DJ Mazzoni\",\n \"honorificSuffix\": [\n \"M.S.\",\n \"R.D.\",\n \"C.D.N.\",\n \"C.S.C.S.\"\n ],\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/dj-mazzoni\",\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/dj-mazzoni-rd-cdn-cscs-00a33038\/\",\n \"http:\/\/djmazzoni.com\/\"\n ],\n \"jobTitle\": \"Medical Reviewer\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"exercise, drugs, pharmaceutical, health, workout, strength and conditioning, nutrition, dietetics, medicine, medical research, scientific research, scientific method, healthcare, patient care, wellness\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"State University of New York College Oswego\",\n \"D’Youville College\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"image\": {\n\"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n\"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Is_Tajin_Bad_For_You_Thumbnail.png?v=1700970378\",\n\"width\": \"2215\",\n\"height\": \"2215\"\n},\n\"citation\": [\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/pmid\/35164163\/\", \n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-celtic-salt-good-for-you\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6097542\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3933061\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8427741\/\"\n],\n\"mentions\": [{\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"chili peppers\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"sea salt\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"citric acid\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"sodium\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Brand\",\n \"name\": \"NYT Cooking\"\n }\n],\n\"datePublished\": \"2023-11-25\",\n\"copyrightHolder\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n},\n\"publisher\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/\",\n \"description\": \"Illuminate Labs is the most transparent supplement company in the U.S., and is a leading publisher of research-based health information.\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"supplements, science, nutrition, exercise, health, medication, pharmaceutical, wellness, diet, weight loss, medical research\",\n \"publishingPrinciples\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/editorial-guidelines\",\n \"memberOf\": [\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"U.S. Chamber of Commerce\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.uschamber.com\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Certified B Corp\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.bcorporation.net\/en-us\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Natural Products Association\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.npanational.org\/\"\n }\n ],\n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Illuminate_Labs_Favicon_48x48_7595c3cc-e27b-47b8-a4fe-edcc7ed9b29a.png?v=1666502785\", \n \"width\": 48,\n \"height\": 48\n},\n \"foundingDate\": \"2019-01-30\",\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/twitter.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/company\/illuminate-labs-supplements\",\n \"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCpgSJAsIPb-fZ25djtTxBEA\"\n ]\n }\n}\n\/\/ ]]\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Is_Tajin_Bad_For_You_Article_Header_Image_Optimized.png?v=1700965787\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eT\u003c\/span\u003eajín is a popular seasoning brand that's made primarily from chili peppers. The company also sells hot sauce and sweet sauce.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBut what's actually in Tajín other than chili peppers, and is it bad for you? Does the brand use any questionable additive ingredients? And which Tajín product is the healthiest?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in Tajín based on clinical studies, to give our take on whether or not the popular seasoning is bad for you.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe'll also give our pick for the healthiest Tajín product.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIngredient Analysis\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Taijin_Ingredients_Optimized_53ed0cad-1a37-4125-a1ce-2eac531489c2.png?v=1700966700\" alt=\"Tajín Clásico ingredients\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe ingredients in Tajín Clásico are shown above.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eChili peppers\u003c\/strong\u003e contain antioxidant and anti-obesity effects according to a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/pmid\/35164163\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eMolecules\u003c\/em\u003e journal.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThey contain a chemical compound called c\u003cspan\u003eapsaicin that creates the distinctive red color, and is thought to provide most of the health benefits.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSea salt\u003c\/strong\u003e is rich in trace minerals, and has more favorable cardiovascular effects than table salt, as we documented in our article on \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-celtic-salt-good-for-you\"\u003eis Celtic salt good for you\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCitric acid\u003c\/strong\u003e is a preservative and flavor enhancer that's typically derived from fungus when used in food manufacturing, and which can cause inflammation in some people according to a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6097542\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eToxicology Reports\u003c\/em\u003e journal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLime juice\u003c\/strong\u003e has the capacity to reduce the progression of heart disease, at least according to a 2013 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3933061\/\"\u003eanimal study\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWe want to note that we found this ingredient list on Amazon, and at the time of publishing this article, we can't find any full ingredient list on the Tajín website which is a consumer safety issue in our opinion. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOverall, we do not consider Tajín to be bad for you. It has more health benefits than health downsides in our opinion\u003c\/strong\u003e, especially for the average American consumer who may not frequently consume nutritious ingredients like chili pepper and lime juice.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWe do not consider this brand to be the healthiest seasoning option on the market, because it contains citric acid.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhich Tajín Product is Healthiest?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Taijin_Reduced_Sodium_Nutrition_Facts_Panel_Optimized.png?v=1700968190\" alt=\"Tajín Reduced Sodium Nutrition Facts panel\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eTajín Reduced Sodium is our top pick from the brand, and its Nutrition Facts panel is shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThis product has the same ingredients as Tajín Clásico, but has less sodium.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca data-encoded-tag-name=\"meta\" data-encoded-tag-value=\"\" data-encoded-attr-charset=\"dXRmLTg=\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003eTajín Reduced Sodium provides 120 milligrams (mg) of sodium per serving.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca data-encoded-tag-name=\"meta\" data-encoded-tag-value=\"\" data-encoded-attr-charset=\"dXRmLTg=\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003eTajín Clásico provides 190 mg of sodium per serving.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBoth of these doses are relatively moderate, and easily fit within the Daily Value (DV), but there are 142 servings per container, which makes it somewhat easy to overindulge, and that sodium difference is more important for people consuming multiple servings at once.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFor example, if someone were to use 5% of the \u003ca data-encoded-tag-name=\"meta\" data-encoded-tag-value=\"\" data-encoded-attr-charset=\"dXRmLTg=\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003eTajín Clásico bottle in one sitting, they would consume 1,340 mg of sodium, whereas they would only consume 852 mg of sodium with \u003ca data-encoded-tag-name=\"meta\" data-encoded-tag-value=\"\" data-encoded-attr-charset=\"dXRmLTg=\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003eTajín Reduced Sodium.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAt least in my own experience, it's easy to use a lot more than the serving size of spices, especially when cooking.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThis is a minor distinction, but gives \u003ca data-encoded-tag-name=\"meta\" data-encoded-tag-value=\"\" data-encoded-attr-charset=\"dXRmLTg=\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003eTajín Reduced Sodium the slight edge in terms of healthiness in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHow to Cook With Tajín\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eA YouTube video from the NYT Cooking channel features two chefs making a variety of recipes with Tajín, and has over 250,000 views:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ciframe data-sanitized-allowfullscreen=\"\" data-sanitized-allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" data-sanitized-frameborder=\"0\" title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/SRTEM1EpJsQ?si=OxFj3OWwiGmydhwE\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Clean Seasoning Pick\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Spices_Image.png?v=1700969192\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3QXdGLz\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eWatkins Organic Chili Powder\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e is our top chili powder seasoning pick.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eLike Tajín, this brand contains chili pepper and sea salt (along with other ingredients like organic cumin powder and organic oregano).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe main difference is that Watkins' chili powder is free of citric acid, and is packaged in glass\u003c\/strong\u003e (plastic is \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8427741\/\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/a\u003e to leach harmful chemicals into food and water under certain conditions).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWatkins Organic Chili Powder also provides only 20 mg of sodium per serving.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eInterested consumers can check out Watkins Organic Chili Powder \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3QXdGLz\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on the brand's official Amazon listing, where it retails for \u003cstrong\u003eunder $7\u003c\/strong\u003e at the time of publishing this article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eConclusion\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eTajín is not bad for you in our opinion. Eating more spices and herbs can improve digestive health and support optimal immunity, and many Americans would benefit from increasing the number of spices they consume on a regular basis.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWhile Tajín contains one additive ingredient that we recommend avoiding, it has more benefits than downsides from a health perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWe consider Tajín Reduced Sodium to be the healthiest product sold by the brand, because it limits the potential for high levels of sodium intake in one sitting if a customer uses more than one serving.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eIn this article, we featured a video where chefs show how to prepare meals using Tajín.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-11-25T22:50:45-05:00","updated_at":"2023-11-25T22:50:45-05:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in Tajín based on clinical studies to give our take on whether or not the popular seasoning is bad for you. We pick the healthiest Tajín product, and feature a NYT Cooking video with chefs showing how to cook with Tajín.","template_suffix":"","handle":"is-tajin-bad-for-you","tags":"_related:nutrition"}

Is Tajín Bad For You? A Dietitian Answers

Is Tajín Bad For You? A Dietitian Answers


| |
| |
Read our Editorial Guidelines to learn more about what makes our site the premier resource for online health information.

Tajín is a popular seasoning brand that's made primarily from chili peppers. The company also sells hot sauce and sweet sauce.

But what's actually in Tajín other than chili peppers, and is it bad for you? Does the brand use any questionable additive ingredients? And which Tajín product is the healthiest?

In this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in Tajín based on clinical studies, to give our take on whether or not the popular seasoning is bad for you.

We'll also give our pick for the healthiest Tajín product.

Ingredient Analysis

Tajín Clásico ingredients

The ingredients in Tajín Clásico are shown above.

Chili peppers contain antioxidant and anti-obesity effects according to a medical review published in the Molecules journal.

They contain a chemical compound called capsaicin that creates the distinctive red color, and is thought to provide most of the health benefits.

Sea salt is rich in trace minerals, and has more favorable cardiovascular effects than table salt, as we documented in our article on is Celtic salt good for you.

Citric acid is a preservative and flavor enhancer that's typically derived from fungus when used in food manufacturing, and which can cause inflammation in some people according to a medical review published in the Toxicology Reports journal.

Lime juice has the capacity to reduce the progression of heart disease, at least according to a 2013 animal study.

We want to note that we found this ingredient list on Amazon, and at the time of publishing this article, we can't find any full ingredient list on the Tajín website which is a consumer safety issue in our opinion. 

Overall, we do not consider Tajín to be bad for you. It has more health benefits than health downsides in our opinion, especially for the average American consumer who may not frequently consume nutritious ingredients like chili pepper and lime juice.

We do not consider this brand to be the healthiest seasoning option on the market, because it contains citric acid.

Which Tajín Product is Healthiest?

Tajín Reduced Sodium Nutrition Facts panel

Tajín Reduced Sodium is our top pick from the brand, and its Nutrition Facts panel is shown above.

This product has the same ingredients as Tajín Clásico, but has less sodium.

Tajín Reduced Sodium provides 120 milligrams (mg) of sodium per serving.

Tajín Clásico provides 190 mg of sodium per serving.

Both of these doses are relatively moderate, and easily fit within the Daily Value (DV), but there are 142 servings per container, which makes it somewhat easy to overindulge, and that sodium difference is more important for people consuming multiple servings at once.

For example, if someone were to use 5% of the Tajín Clásico bottle in one sitting, they would consume 1,340 mg of sodium, whereas they would only consume 852 mg of sodium with Tajín Reduced Sodium.

At least in my own experience, it's easy to use a lot more than the serving size of spices, especially when cooking.

This is a minor distinction, but gives Tajín Reduced Sodium the slight edge in terms of healthiness in our opinion.

How to Cook With Tajín

A YouTube video from the NYT Cooking channel features two chefs making a variety of recipes with Tajín, and has over 250,000 views:

Our Clean Seasoning Pick

Watkins Organic Chili Powder is our top chili powder seasoning pick.

Like Tajín, this brand contains chili pepper and sea salt (along with other ingredients like organic cumin powder and organic oregano).

The main difference is that Watkins' chili powder is free of citric acid, and is packaged in glass (plastic is clinically shown to leach harmful chemicals into food and water under certain conditions).

Watkins Organic Chili Powder also provides only 20 mg of sodium per serving.

Interested consumers can check out Watkins Organic Chili Powder at this link to the product page on the brand's official Amazon listing, where it retails for under $7 at the time of publishing this article.

Stay up-to-date on our research reviews

Conclusion

Tajín is not bad for you in our opinion. Eating more spices and herbs can improve digestive health and support optimal immunity, and many Americans would benefit from increasing the number of spices they consume on a regular basis.

While Tajín contains one additive ingredient that we recommend avoiding, it has more benefits than downsides from a health perspective.

We consider Tajín Reduced Sodium to be the healthiest product sold by the brand, because it limits the potential for high levels of sodium intake in one sitting if a customer uses more than one serving.

In this article, we featured a video where chefs show how to prepare meals using Tajín.