Herbs and Spices in G-Tube Recipes

One of the advantages of making blended meals for your g-tube fed child/family member, is the ability to add nutrients of your own choosing. Here is a tiny bit of information I’ve found about one aspect of value to each of the following herbs/spices:

  • cool cayenne  is thought to enhance vascular health.  
  • Parsley is thought to aid digestion. 
  • Oregano and dill are both effective in preventing bacteria overgrowth, keeping the digestive system in balance, according to what I read. 
  • Flax seed is high in Omega-3 and is shown to have many other benefits. 

There is a lot of scientific research on herbs that can help you make choices.  I’m working on a free download I’ll add to the site with what I’ve discovered about specific herbs.

Two other benefits are breath and taste:

  • When her food for the day includes a bunch of dill, I can smell dill on my daughter’s breath!
  • Taste is a function of both tongue and nose.  As they smell different foods on their breath, they may acquire a taste for those foods.

If we only feed our children “formula” then they do not have the experience of “tasting” other foods.  I am always working toward the goal of increasing En’s oral food consumption. Any gains are positive, regardless of how long it might take.


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