Garlic has stepped up into the antibacterial spotlight and pushed apples into its shadows.
This unsung flavor hero has many more benefits than your standard apple:
- Boosts metabolism through a protein synthesized during digestion called ferroportin
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Protects/boosts the immune system through its high levels of vitamin C
- Aids in the digestion process
- Acts as a natural antibiotic (fends off things like the common cold and some viruses)
- Detoxification of the liver
- Anti-inflammatory properties may reduce respiratory and musculoskeletal conditions
- Helps fight acne by containing sulfur
- ANTI-CANCER!!!! (has been shown in studies to actually SHRINK/prevent tumors)
While most of us only eat garlic in our favorite Italian dish and then whine for several days after over the chewing of gums and mints to hide the odor, I have news for you…
You aren’t giving garlic enough of a chance. Did you know that god awful aftertaste can be neutralized by simply consuming a citrus-y flavor afterwards? It’s called “cleansing the palate” and many high-end restaurants will offer you lemon sorbet afterwards to eliminate the after effects.
Aside from the lingering effects, garlic’s beneficial properties are actually ruined during cooking. While it is most often heated, broiled or sautéed, garlic is best in its raw form.
I’m not advocating you eat raw garlic cloves. You would probably need to live in a bubble for the rest of your days. However, if you can incorporate raw garlic into things like smoothies, salads, and dressings, you’ll be better off.
On my quest to become my healthiest, I’ve recently been trying to resort towards super foods, herbs, spices, and flavors. Last night was an experiment that literally wow-ed the healthy pants off of me.
Here’s a post-workout smoothie/juice I made (all in my blender). The pungency of the garlic was subdued by adding in strawberries and 1/4 of a banana. It still left enough zest to let it be known that garlic was indeed in there!
- 6 strawberries
- few handfuls of organic shredded carrots
- 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
- 1/2 cup almond, cashew, hazelnut milk
- 1 clove garlic
I’m planning on incorporating one juice type drink per day with garlic into my diet. Also, Santa, if you are reading this, a Breville or Vitamix would look really nice underneath my tree this year, don’t you think? 😉
Have you ever consumed raw garlic before? I can guarantee you aren’t eating enough!
Peace, love, and gahhlic!