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Is garlic healthy? Read the answer here!

  1. There is a bulb of garlic in almost every pantry. We have been eating it for centuries. Why do we eat it so much when no one wants to wake up the next morning with garlic breath? And what is it actually? Is it healthy? Whether garlic is healthy and why you can read below.

How healthy is garlic?

  1. Garlic is related to the onion, leek and chives. It has been eaten for thousands of years and used to be used as a medicine, aphrodisiac and against all kinds of other ailments. It would also give strength and courage to Greek athletes and be a solution to impotence and heart disease.

  1. In the past, it was not widely eaten by everyone. This was because of the strong smell, but also because the rich people did not want to eat the same as the poor.

  2. In the past, it was not widely consumed by everyone. This was because of the strong smell, but also because the rich people did not want to eat the same as the poor.

  1. Still, we soon realized that eating garlic has benefits. Scientists have now extensively researched this. But we still don't know all the benefits.

  1. The small cloves of garlic are packed with all kinds of healthy substances. These substances are good for the immune system and help against cardiovascular disease. It may also protect against cancer and respiratory infections. These investigations are still ongoing.

  1. So is garlic healthy? Yes. But watch out! You will sometimes have to eat impossible amounts to experience its benefits. And not everyone is the same. You may be allergic to garlic. Eating it can cause stomach pain, flatulence and heartburn.

Why is garlic healthy?

  1. What are those little cloves of garlic in them that are so good for us? They contain a whole range of sent substances, such as:

  2. What are those little cloves of garlic in them that are so good for us? They contain a whole range of transmitted substances, such as:

  1. The substance that makes garlic so special is allicin. Allicin is not in the list of healthy substances. It only arises when you chew, squeeze or cut the garlic. It is most effective when you cut.

  1. Allicin helps prevent cardiovascular disease because it lowers your cholesterol and blood pressure and reduces blood clotting. It helps the immune system by supporting the cells that turn off harmful substances. That is why it is said to help prevent colds and also against harmful bacteria in your stomach and intestines.

  1. Garlic is not only good for you when you eat it. You can also use it on your skin. The anti-inflammatory agents help heal wounds, acne and insect bites.

Which garlic is healthy?

  1. You probably know the fresh bulbs of garlic in the store. But in supermarkets, specialty stores and online you can find it in all shapes and sizes.

  1. Garlic paste consists of ground fresh garlic, oil and preservatives. The pasta therefore consists of more ingredients and is therefore not the same in terms of nutritional values.

  1. Just like the pasta, powders and flakes are much milder in taste and useful if you don't like a very strong garlic flavor. It saves carving and your hands don't smell bad after cooking.

  1. However, fresh toes also lose their flavor the longer you cook them. For the taste it really does not matter which type you use. Choose what you like best!

  2. Fresh toes also lose their flavor the longer you cook them. It doesn't really matter which type you use for the taste. Choose what you like best!

  1. However, for the health benefits it matters what you eat. As you have read, it is the substance allicin that provides all the benefits. Therefore, when buying garlic products, pay attention to whether there is (enough) allicin in it. This is not the case with all products and it can also be difficult to find out.

  1. Don't like garlic, but want the benefits? Then you can take a garlic supplement. Even then it is important that it contains allicin.

  1. Be careful with supplements if you are also taking other medications, such as blood thinners. If you are unsure whether the supplements are safe in combination with other medications, consult your doctor first.

Is garlic sauce also healthy?

  1. Not all garlic products contain allicin. But that does not immediately make them unhealthy. Garlic powder and flakes consist of nothing but garlic. Garlic paste and garlic sauce, on the other hand, also contain other ingredients.

  1. The added ingredients and the amount you eat make something healthy or unhealthy. Garlic sauce contains almost no garlic. Only 1.5 to 2%! It consists mainly of water, oil and flavor enhancers.

  1. Most sauces you will find in the store also have sugar added. All in all, it is a high-calorie sauce that cannot be compared to a fresh clove of garlic. It is therefore healthier to make your own garlic sauce or use it in another way in your food.

Cooking with garlic

  1. Are you looking for inspiration to cook with garlic or do you want to try something new? Then take a look at our many hundreds of free recipes. Do you like garlic and do you have a favorite recipe that we should definitely try? Let us know in a comment.



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