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What Herbs Are in Italian Seasoning?

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Megan Ware is a registered dietitian nutritionist who runs her own weight loss and healthy-living practice in Dallas. She has previously worked as a hospital clinical dietitian specializing in gastrointestinal disorders and also has experience working as the lead dietitian and group fitness instructor for a popular weight loss resort. Ware holds a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from The Ohio State University, where she graduated cum laude.
What Herbs Are in Italian Seasoning?
Using herbs and spices for culinary and medicinal use dates back to as early as 2600 BC by the Ancient Egyptians. Photo Credit: Annie Desaulniers/iStock/Getty Images

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.

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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.

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