Gayelord Hauser

The Founder

When international celebrity nutritionist and author Gayelord Hauser started seeing people for nutritional consultations in his clinic on the north side of downtown Chicago in the early 1920s, one of the prevalent conclusions he came to was people in that area of the country lacked iodine. They weren’t getting enough like the people that lived near the fresh ocean air on the coasts or in their daily diets. He decided the easiest way to get some iodine in their diet would be to give them something to substitute the table salt they would normally sprinkle on the foods, so he started mixing kelp, a seaweed that is a natural source of iodine, with some salt and added vegetable powders(for flavor). He put that in small packages and sent people on their way with samples of this to use. A few years later, the company Modern Products was formed and this mixture became known as Vege-Sal, the first seasoning Modern Products offered over 90+ years ago!


Time went on and the food supply that was made available kept changing. By the late 1940s, mid 1950s, mass production was ramping up and with it, artificial ingredients and chemicals and lots of salt were being added to enhance flavors and extend life of products, to allow longer storage and better economics for mass production.


Consumers reacted favorably to these tastier, flavorful products and Gayelord Hauser knew that in order to keep people from indulging too much with all these unhealthy temptations, his recommended natural way of eating also needed a flavor boost! 


Spike Original All Purpose Seasoning was born and brought to market in 1955…a delicious blend of 39 herbs, spices and vegetables with just the right amount of salt and no artificial or chemical ingredients! This product, whether one cooked with it or sprinkled it over their food, was the perfect addition to soups, salads, vegetables, chicken, fish, meat to satisfy the new enhanced tastebuds of the consumers and keep many of them on his recommended “eat healthier” regime! It was also a healthy alternative to using regular table salt…same amount of Spike Original All Purpose Seasoning versus table salt offered an almost 40% reduction in sodium!  

In the late 1960s, due to all the salt the population was consuming, the government became concerned with peoples’ health and Modern Products decided to answer the call by coming out with New Vegit, a nutritional brewers’ yeast based seasoning with added herbs, spices and vegetables. This product was very low in sodium and so low, as a matter of fact, that for years, clinics used it for patients’ low sodium diets.

Along came the ’70s and with it, many product launches. Modern Products came out with a delicious Lemon Pepper seasoning, Santay Galic Magic, a garlic seasoning, Onion Magic, an onion seasoning, Herbal Bouquet, a delightful blend of 5 herbs and INDO Tenderizer, the Vege-Sal formula with added the natural papain enzyme to act as a tenderizing agent.


In 1995, Modern Products decided to add a Salt Free version of the very popular Spike Original and then in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when tastes were really “hotting up”, a Hot ‘n Spicy version of Spike Original was added to the product offerings.


2006 was the year the Spike name was extended over the entire 10 seasonings line and the products became Spike Original, Spike Salt Free, Spike Hot ‘n Spicy, Spike Vegit, Spike Vege-Sal, Spike Garlic Magic, Spike Lemon Pepper, Spike Tenderizer, Spike Onion Magic and Spike 5 Herb and are what we are proud to continue offering today. 

Our Spike Seasoning blends continue to be a healthy alternative that add great flavor to all foods and contain no artificial or chemical ingredients…5 that contain salt, 5 no salt added…Spike it Your way!

To your Health and well being…Spike it Up!

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