Garlic is a superfood – we all know that. It’s healthy, it’s amazing, it fights diseases. If you’re not eating it, our warm advice would be to start. For your own sake. But there are some things you should know before consuming garlic.
Things that are gonna help you get the most of the benefits without destroying the healthy stuff. Just as olive oil should not be heated in order to keep its amazing properties, similarly, garlic should not be immediately browned or cooked as it loses these beneficial properties!
Mincing or pressing it and allowing it to sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes is the most crucial step when eating garlic because that way the enzyme reaction can happen which then produces the valued allicin. If you just throw minced garlic into a pan without letting it sit, this reaction does not happen.
After this, the minced garlic can withstand about 10-15 minutes of medium-low heat without damaging the allicin. However, it is still best when raw!
This is how many nutrients you’re gonna lose when cooking for a certain amount of time:
5-15 minutes = minimal loss of nutrients
15-30 minutes = moderate loss of nutrients
45+ minutes = substantial loss of nutrients
Yes, we know, eating raw garlic does not sound very appealing. But let me tell you – it’s more powerful than you can imagine. Just read on.
These are all the things that garlic cures:
Colds & Flu
A sore throat
High blood pressure
Lowering LDL cholesterol levels
Regulating blood sugar
Increasing bile flow
And you know what the best thing about garlic is? It’s is accessible everywhere! It is used all around the world, making it an easy remedy to get your hands on wherever you are.
Aside from just the potential allicin content in garlic, like many natural foods, garlic has more than just one benefit, this is a whole food with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Besides being incredibly rich in allicin, this superfood is also rich in calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium, as well as vitamins B6 and C.
Don’t hesitate to include garlic into your homemade salad dressing, or just any dips and use it as a garnish. It improves the flavor of everything. Also remember that if it sprouts, don’t throw it out. Sprouted garlic is not only safe to eat, but it may be even healthier than non-sprouted garlic.
People sprout seeds intentionally. There are so many scenarios where sprouted foods contain more antioxidant activity than their younger versions. The reason behind this is that garlic is asexual, which means that when garlic sprouts you can plant it and a garlic plant will grow, just as with grains and edible seeds.