Health Benefits of Garlic

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For many years, garlic has been used in Mediterranean, Italian, and Chinese cooking because of its fragrant aroma and delicious flavor. Garlic not only delivers a savory taste but it has long been used for its medicinal properties. Studies show that garlic can help reduce LDL cholesterol levels which can reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s also notable that garlic contains a high concentration of antioxidants and nutrients that can assist in boosting your immune system while also helping ward off brain conditions like dementia.

 

The best way to reap the most beneficial nutritional properties from garlic is by chopping or crushing the garlic clove after removing it from the garlic bulb.  A mechanical garlic press can make this process simple and easy. Crushed garlic is very delicious cooked into a stir fry, mixed in a salad dressing or used as a marinade. It’s also easy to roast a whole bulb of garlic. Then you can have a hearty stock of fragrant caramelized garlic ready to use in a variety of recipes. Roasted garlic helps jazz up roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, a green salad or scrambled eggs. If you love garlic consider adding more of this healthy and delicious food to your meal plan.

 

Here is a recipe for Easy Roasted Garlic

 

2 garlic bulbs

Clearly Organic Olive oil

Salt and pepper

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the head off of each garlic bulb to expose most of the garlic cloves. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place bulbs cut side down on a piece of foil. Secure foil around garlic bulbs. Then roast in a preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Garlic skins will turn golden brown and the cloves will become tender.