What does Ayala's Magic Spice taste like?

Ayala's Magic Spice adds umami and depth to dishes, without overpowering them. It adds deliciousness — it doesn't taste like any strong spice. The spicy version also adds a bit of heat.


Why are foods with B vitamins important?

Vitamin B12 is produced by bacteria and other one-celled organisms and found mainly in animal products, and is typically lacking in vegan diets. It's recommended that all adults aged 50 or older should eat foods fortified with vitamin B-12. Low B12 intakes can cause anemia and nervous system damage. 

People following a diet free of all animal products need supplemental vitamin B12.

Each teaspoon of Ayala’s Magic Spice contains 20% of daily needs.

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Does Ayala’s Magic Spice contain salt?


It actually helps you to reduce your salt intake.

Since salt preference is individual, we added no salt at all. Add salt to your own taste. Because Ayala’s Magic Spice adds flavor and depth it reduces the amount of salt needed for perfect seasoning.


Is Ayala's Magic Spice kosher?

Yes. We have a STAR-K kosher certification


What's nutritional yeast?

Yeasts, like mushrooms are part of the fungi family.  Yeasts have been part of our culinary culture for millennia, and play a role in many of the foods we enjoy, from bread to yogurt, cheese, wine and pickles. 

Nutritional yeast (pure strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is cultivated specifically for its nutritional value and has high quality protein, vitamins and minerals. It has no leavening power.

After the yeast are grown, cultivated and fermented, the yeast are harvested, thoroughly washed and cleaned, and dried on roller drum dryers. 


Can the nutritional yeast in Ayala’s Magic Spice make food rise?

Nutritional yeast has no leavening power – your food will not grow.


What’s a complete protein?

A complete protein is a protein that contains all of the nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own.

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What is umami?

Umami is the pleasant savory taste typical of aged cheeses, mushrooms and meaty broths. It's considered the fifth basic taste —alongside sweet, sour, salty, and bitter — and is synonymous with deliciousness.


How much Ayala’s Magic Spice should I consume?

It’s really up to you; typical use is 1-2 teaspoons a day.


Is Ayala’s Magic Spice a salt substitute?

In many ways YES! It adds so much flavor, that you’ll find you need much less salt than you used to.


Does if contain MSG?

Absolutely not!


Which one should I try, the original or the spicy?

If you're cooking for others, especially if you're cooking for children, use the original. It will add depth, and its mellow deliciousness will improve taste and nutrition, without overpowering your dishes.

If you like it hot, Spicy Ayala's Magic Spice will be your buddy. It's great as a finishing spice — as well as a cooking companion —  and will add depth of flavor and a nice bit of heat.


Are you planning other flavors?

Definitely! Several exciting ones in the pipeline! Do you have a suggestion or preference? Please send it our way!


How spicy is the Spicy Ayala's Magic Spice? 

It's Medium spicy, and usually pleases people with normal tolerance for spice. It's flavorful + some heat, but not so hot it will burn. When in doubt, add gradually.


Is Ayala's Magic Spice expensive?

Each of the ingredients in Ayala's Magic Spice costs more per ounce when they are bought separately — why, a small jar of turmeric costs $5-6. Ayala's Magic Spice uses the finest organic spices, nutritional yeast (an expensive ingredient) has no fillers, no salt, (salt, a cheap ingredient, is a major part of many spice mixes) and is priced fairly so you can enjoy a good quantity of these healthy ingredients at a reasonable price. 


Is Dr. Ayala a real doctor?

Yes, she's a pediatrician and medical geneticist and has an M.D. degree. See here.