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Oregano as a Salt Replacement for Seniors

We’re all guilty of having salt cravings, and it’s not hard to find foods to satisfy them. Sodium is found in processed and canned foods and is often used to add flavor into a meal. For a healthier senior diet, it is always best to cut out sodium, but does this mean that you have eat bland and boring foods? Not at all. New research suggests adding oregano to food can help cut down on sodium intake.

A recent Brazilian study found that the herb oregano can trick the body into thinking it’s getting a fix of salty food. In the study, participants were offered three different types of bread, each with a different salt content. Those who had high blood pressure preferred the higher sodium bread while participants without hypertension preferred the two bread samples with less salt. In the second part of the study, the same participants were offered bread containing oregano and bread with less salt, and all the participants preferred the less salty bread.

As a leading provider of home care Westfield families trust, we highly recommend oregano because it is a great alternative for seniors who are accustomed to adding salt to their dishes. According to the American Heart Association, seniors and older adults should not consume more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day in order to maintain healthy blood pressure levels and a healthier heart. Oregano can be used to help control cravings, is also rich in antioxidants, and contains Carvacrol, a chemical compound that can prevent the growth of some bacteria and viruses.

While it may be difficult initially to cut back on sodium, those who season with spices and herbs will find they bring out the natural flavor of foods. If you have tried oregano as a salt replacement and cravings remain difficult to control, there may be a medical issue that needs to be addressed, such as a mineral imbalance, or even stress. Speak with your doctor and have your condition diagnosed.

For more information about senior nutrition and health, contact Home Care Assistance of Westfield today. We are a leading senior care provider, offering hourly and live-in care as well as specialty care including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia home care in Westfield. Schedule a free consultation with a Care Manager at 908-450-9400 and find out how we can help you or an aging loved one enjoy a healthy way of life at home.