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Herbs: A LOT More Than Flavor

Timeless Nutrition Tip

Use herbs in your diet in place of sugar, salt or fat to help provide a health benefit, especially for people with diabetes.

Herbs such as rosemary, parsley, tarragon, basil, thyme and dill are plants that contain phytochemicals and are currently being studied for cancer-fighting potential similar to ingredients found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

In addition, some herbs may contain antioxidants. Oregano and rosemary are herbs known to be high in antioxidants. Rosemary has also been used as a natural food preservative to help keep fats, oils and meat products from going rancid.

Other herbs with antioxidant properties include basil, marjoram, sage, thyme, spearmint and peppermint.

Easy Ways to Add Herbs to Foods You Eat

Herbs a lot more than flavor

  • Sprinkle pizza with oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme or parsley.
  • Add a mixture of herbs (oregano, basil, and marjoram) to marinara sauce.
  • Steam fresh vegetables with rosemary.
  • Add chopped mint to fresh fruit.
  • Mix herbs into a favorite casserole or salad for extra flavor.
  • Make herbal tea using spearmint or peppermint.
  • Top seafood with dill and parsley.

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