Ingredient of the Week: Garlic

Oh garlic, how we love your intense potent taste lathered on buttery bread (and in just about every other dish). Lucky for us, garlic is proven to be one of the healthiest foods on earth.

There are countless benefits that have been known for centuries in natural medicine. Garlic is not just a perfect remedy to scare off vampires (weird), but one that can “reduce the risk for cardiovascular diseases, have anti-tumor and anti-microbial effects, and show benefit on high blood glucose concentration“.

So, what is it exactly?

Garlic grows underground in the form of a bulb and has flower like stalks called scapes (which in fact can be eaten, need a recipe for these)! Garlic is part of the Allium herb family but really belongs in its own category (kind of a vegetable, kind of an herb, but mostly none of the above).

Like it’s cousin the onion, garlic has flesh in it’s cloves that are made up of sulfur based enzymes. Slicing, chopping, mincing, and crushing the clove releases the active compound allicin which is actually what gives you all of the nutritional benefits and pungent taste ( 17 amino acids, antioxidants such as selenium, vitamins like C and B6, to name a few).

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Gut Health

Not only does the fiber feed the good bacteria in your gut, but substantial evidence has shown that garlic acts as an anti-fungal/ anti-microbial agent. This means that its active compounds will kill off excess bad bacteria or parasitical infections like H.Pylori (which is WAY more common than you would think). You can test the health of your gut here.

Reduces Risk of Cancer

Garlic’s compounds are anti-inflammatory and have been shown to slow the growth of cancer cells. Check out this post for another anti-inflammatory ingredient.

Improves Sex

Yes, you heard that right. If you can get over your partners garlic breath, you might have an enjoyable evening post dinner date. The same compounds that present the benefits above also increase libido and blood flow to all the right places. Garlic has even been called the ‘vegetable viagra’. Ladies out there, give your man some extra minced garlic on his plate. You’re welcome.

 

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How should I eat it?

In the raw, baby. Your body will reap the most benefits when ingested in its raw form but obviously, cooking and heating it is still a fantastic option. We love to put a little minced G in our salad dressings or homemade hummus recipes. How about you?

How Do I Cut It?

  1. Peel off papery layers
  2. Press and roll the garlic against your cutting board to loosen the cloves
  3. Slice off the end of the clove where it attaches to the bulb. Peel the cloves
  4.  Place the clove beneath your chef’s knife and whack the knife with your other hand to loosen the skin. Remove any excess skin.
  5. Chop the garlic.with the middle part of the knife.

Boom, you’re done!

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1. 5 Minute Homemade Hummus by Maria Marlowe

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2. Vegetarian Butternut Curry Tahini Bowls by The Nutritious Kitchen

Butternut Squash Curry Bowls

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3. Roasted Rosemary & Garlic Leg of Lamb by The Wooden Skillet

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4. Roasted Garlic and Rosemary White Bean Dip by Simply Scratch

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5. Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread by The Tortilla Channel

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6. Easy Garlic Mashed Potatoes by Food Duchess

Super creamy buttery garlic mashed potatoes, topped with chives

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7. Garlic Parmesan Truffle Fries with Garlic Aioli by Lous Lousucre

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8. Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings by How to Feed a Loon

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