Why you Should Add More Garlic to Your Diet – Super Health Benefits of Garlic
One of our favorite produce picks to cook with would hands down have to be garlic. And yes, garlic has that odor or lingering smell, but your health is much more important than a little smell.
Don’t worry about garlic breath either, because there are so many lasting health benefits to eating garlic every day that that should be the least of your worries.
Did you know that garlic is the powerhouse cousin to the onion which is another important super food to add to your daily diet. Just about any recipe that you cook has onions and garlic added. Garlic is a world-wide ingredient that is a start to so many delicious recipes. But, most of us don’t realize the benefits to adding the garlic and the best way to prepare it for an even fuller array of benefits.
If a recipe calls for 1 clove of garlic, start adding a little bit more until you decide how much garlic you can enjoy in your food.
Garlic is considered one of the most powerful of the natural remedies that has been provided by our good earth that can help heal and prevent certain types of illness.
There are so many benefits to eating fresh garlic and here are some of our top picks.
Garlic is Nutrient Rich
Any nutrient rich food is a healthy food and for such a low-calorie food, garlic packs quite a wallop. Some of the nutrients garlic holds are manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium, and fiber. All of these wonderful nutrients are packed into one 46 calorie serving of garlic.
Fresh Garlic Fight Illness
Research suggests that those who consume garlic on a daily basis are 50% less likely to catch a common cold. That’s 50%! Those that do catch a cold have a faster recovery time. If you tend to get sick easily, adding garlic to your diet may help reduce the frequency of your illnesses.
Garlic is a Natural Anti-biotic
The compound allicin that is found in garlic, has been known to act as a natural anti-biotic helping to fight mild infections.
Garlic can Help to Lower Blood Pressure
If you suffer from hypertension you will be glad to know that research shows garlic can help lower high blood pressure. The drawback, however, is that in order to see a significant reduction in blood pressure levels a person must consume at least four cloves of garlic a day. If that sounds worth it to you, there are plenty of ways to incorporate a clove or two of garlic into each meal.
Garlic can Improve Physical Performance
There have been no direct studies on human beings, but research suggests that there may be a direct link between eating garlic and improved physical performance. In rodents, studies definitely show a correlation between increased physical performance and garlic consumption. It might enhance exercise capability and reduce heart rate, lowering the rate of fatigue while exercising.
Garlic can Help to Strengthen Bones
Strong bones are important, especially to those at risk for osteoporosis. Although no human studies have officially been done, studies do find a correlation between garlic intake and stronger bones in rodents. In humans, bone loss is minimized by an increase of estrogen levels in the body and there have been studies done on humans that show a correlation between garlic intake and a less estrogen deficiency. Therefore, if proper estrogen amounts lead to less bone loss, garlic may help prevent bone loss.
Regardless of your taste or preferences for garlic, it may be a good idea to consider adding more of it to your diet. It could turn out to be one of your treasured health secrets and one of the best choices you will ever make. And there are several easy ways to add more garlic to your diet subtly. Throw extra garlic into most recipes that you make. You and your family can enjoy the health benefits without realizing a change was ever made. Try it out for yourself and see if your health improves because of it.
Peel and chop garlic and then let it sit for 10 minutes before cooking. This ups the antioxidant levels significantly.
How to Roast Garlic
Did you know that garlic is a member of the onion family? Garlic can be prepared in a number of ways, from stewed and sauteed to grilled and roasted. Roasting garlic brings out its flavors, making it easier to introduce it to recipes calling for the flavor of the plant.
Preheat your oven to 375 and gather the following items needed to prepare roasted garlic: five garlic cloves, aluminum foil, extra virgin olive oil and a braising brush. Crack and peel the cloves of garlic and set them aside, disposing of the cracked skins. Lay out a square of aluminum foil measuring approximately 7 inches by 7 inches, and place the peeled garlic cloves on top of the square of foil. Dip the braising brush into a small bowl of extra virgin olive oil and lightly brush the garlic cloves with a thin layer of the oil. Fold the corners of the aluminum foil square up around the garlic cloves, creating a sort of sack in which to hold the cloves.
Place the foil-wrapped garlic cloves on the center rack of your oven, and let them roast for approximately 45 minutes. Check the cloves by inserting a toothpick into the side of the foil. If there is no resistance to the toothpick, the garlic cloves are done. If there is resistance to the toothpick, allow the garlic cloves to roast for an additional 25 minutes. Remove the foiled garlic cloves from the oven and leave them bundled in the aluminum foil as they cool.
The roasted garlic cloves can be introduced to a variety of meals and recipes. For example, smashing the freshly roasted cloves with instant or home mashed potatoes will create a decadent flavor that is ordinarily only experienced in restaurants. The garlic cloves can also be used to flavor soup stocks and sauces. Use a knife to remove the hard end from each roasted garlic clove before adding them to a recipe.
How to Use Roasted Garlic
Roasted garlic can be refrigerated and stored for later use. It can be smashed with a fork once it is cold, and mixed into butter with fresh chives and black pepper to create a tasty spread for garlic bread. To complete a delicious Italian dinner, it can also be added to a meatball mixture for spaghetti and meatballs. Simply smash it into the hamburger mixture before forming the balls, and fry the roasted garlic into the meat for added flavor. Roasted garlic is an excellent addition to almost any recipe for its smooth flavor and alluring scent. When mixed with sauteed onions and mushrooms, the flavors mingle together to make a wonderful topper for a grilled steak.