Reasons to Add Garlic to Your Diet

Reasons to Add Garlic to Your Diet

The tiny white pod otherwise known as garlic is full of medicinal properties and health benefits.  With over 7,000 years of human usage, it’s easily known that garlic is a healthy and powerful super food.  Coming from the Mediterranean region of the world, it is used for food and medicinal purposes.

 

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Garlic is a plant in the Allium or Onion family.  It is known as an ingredient for cooking because of it’s strong smell and great flavor.  Each little garlic comes in what is called a bulb, while each piece of it is a clove.  There are about 15 cloves in a bulb.  The sulfur compounds are known for providing the health benefits.

 

So don’t underestimate the power of garlic!

 

Garlic is a potent pod.  Not only is it potent to your nose and breath, but also by keeping bacterial and viral infections away.  Garlic has compounds known for staving off viruses and bacteria so you can stay healthy!  Fresh garlic is known to prevent E. coli from getting into your foods too.

 

Garlic is great because it is full of nutrients and has very few calories. Garlic is full of:

  • Fiber
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B6
  • Manganese
  • And small amounts of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin B1

 

A big 12 week study found that daily garlic supplement reduced the number of colds by over 60% too!

 

Large intake of garlic also improves blood pressure and can almost be a supplement to regular medication.  We should add that it can also lower your total LDL (bad cholesterol) levels by around 10%.  It can even reduce your risk of Alzheimers and Dementia.  This is because it contains antioxidants that support the body’s protective mechanisms.

 

There are a few downsides to garlic of course, but don’t mind them because they are very outweighed by the benefits.  For example, bad breath might be a very short term side effect of garlic as well as garlic allergies to those who have them.  Also if you have a blood disorder or take blood thinners, ask your doctor before eating lots of garlic.

 

Lastly, note that when cooking with garlic, the active compound allicin only forms when garlic is crushed or cleaved when raw.  If you cook it before crushing it, then the health benefits won’t be the same.

 

Try this recipe – Chicken Garlic & Potatoes

2 pounds potatoes – dicedgarlic-chicken-

3 table spoons virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin seed

Salt and ground pepper

5 cloves garlic – chopped

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 lemon – juiced

5 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

2 tablespoons cilantro

 

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Put in potatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil, cumin seeds, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper.  Roast until potatoes brown, 25 minutes.  Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and add garlic and cook until lightly golden, about 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir with brown sugar and lemon juice.  Remove baking dish from oven, push potatoes and arrange chicken in the middle.  Season chicken with salt and the garlic mixture.  Return to the oven and bake until it is cooked about 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and slice it.  Add cilantro and serve with potatoes!