Herbs Essential For Fighting Diabetes

Sunrise Senior Living  |  August 20, 2014

Millions of people are diagnosed with diabetes each year, a large portion of which are adults over the age of 65. As we continue to age, it's increasingly important to monitor which foods enter the body, as some may be more capable of fighting against this condition than others.

Research recently published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry explained that herbs - specifically rosemary, oregano and marjoram - may be crucial for fighting off diabetes, as these spices could inhibit two enzymes that lead to the development of the condition.

As you're prepping your next diabetic-friendly meal to share at the retirement community, be sure to douse your dishes in your favorite spices.

Rosemary oven-roasted potatoes
This side dish is best paired with an oven-baked or grill-fired chicken breast, as the savory flavors from this meat complement the spices well. Don't be afraid to add your own spin to the potatoes, as more spices only accentuate the flavors. 


  • 5 large potatoes, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and get an oven tray ready. After peeling the potatoes, cut them into small pieces and place them in a large pot filled with water. Bring the potatoes to a boil, then allow them to sit in the boiling water for just five minutes. Remove the vegetables and drain the water. Put the potatoes in a gallon-sized plastic bag, then add olive oil, garlic and rosemary that has been separated from its stem. Close the bag and use your hands to mix the ingredients, ensuring the potatoes are well-covered by the mixture. Open the bag and place its contents on the oven tray, then allow the potatoes to bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until they are soft when poked with a fork.

Festive flatbread 
Pizza is a favorite dish among many, but consider a healthier spin when treating a group of friends.


  • 1 whole wheat flatbread
  • 2 cups low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup sliced tomato
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the flatbread on an oven pan and, using a small brush, coat the area with a light layer of olive oil. Sprinkle oregano, garlic salt, and salt and pepper over the olive oil, then top with mozzarella, tomato and basil. Put the flatbread in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese is slightly golden.