Italian Seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices that are often used in Italian cuisine. Recipes vary, but they generally include basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. Garlic powder, sage, and cilantro are also sometimes used.
The Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet has recently been promoted for its beneficial health effects. Experts have yet to determine what exactly it is about the diet that’s so beneficial. It’s probably a number of factors combined, but it’s safe to say the herbs and spices prevalent in the cuisine likely play a part.
The Health Benefits
Consumption of herbs and spices has long been known to improve blood pressure and glucose tolerance, which means they can ward off both heart disease and diabetes. Garlic, which is also used prominently in Italian cuisine, has possible anti-cancer and anti-inflammation effects.