Many Italian seasonings use the base herbs of oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, parsley and rosemary then add a few more for variety and flavor enhancement such as black, red, white or cayenne pepper, garlic, onion, sage, cumin, mustard, or coriander. According to The American Institute for Cancer Research, herbs and spices like those in Italian seasonings contain health-protective phytochemicals which can help fight cancer and other diseases.
Herbs and seasonings are often forgotten as a source of nutrients, however, antioxidant-rich herbs and spices are an accessible and inexpensive way to pump up the health benefits in any dish. A teaspoon of dried oregano has the same level of antioxidants as a whole cup of sweet potatoes. Some packaged Italian seasonings contain salt, so be sure to check the ingredients label.
- McCormick: Italian Herb Seasoning Grinder
- Mrs Dash: Italian Medley Seasoning
- Gourmet Garden: Italian Herbs
- Today's Dietitian: Top 10 Culinary Herbs and Spices: Flavorful and Functional
- Today's Dietitian: Adding Spice for a Healthier Life — Evidence Shows Antioxidant-Rich Herbs and Spices May Cut Chronic Disease Risk