You should eat raw garlic. Wait! Hear us out.
Do you know just how healthy garlic is? We'll tell you.
Garlic contain enzymes and compounds that Oregon State University explains can prevent cardiovascular disease. They do this by decreasing the amount of cholesterol liver cells produce. Garlic has the additional benefits of preventing cancer, boosting the immune system, and improving bone health, according to 1 Million Health Tips.
A study published in the medical journal Food and Chemical Toxicology explains the problem is that as soon as garlic is heated the bulb loses its ability to produce the enzyme necessary to make the other all-powerful compounds that prevent cardiovascular disease. In other words, garlic loses its effect as soon as it hits the pan.
In order to actually access the heart-healthy benefits of garlic, you have to first break the bulb through crushing or cutting. 1 Million Health Tips recommends letting the crushed or cut garlic sit for 5- 10 minutes in order to allow enough time for the enzyme to form. You then have to eat it raw.
But remember, you don't have to just pop the raw slices into your mouth. That would be rough. Instead, try adding garlic to one of the recipes on Plan To Eat. Whether in salad dressing, salsa, guacamole, or pasta sauce, there are plenty of ways in which to incorporate raw garlic into your daily diet.
If you are in the habit of drinking juices and smoothies, try adding a clove or two next time you enjoy your liquid libations. And if the taste of raw garlic is not all too offensive for your palette, simply sprinkle it minced on a piece of buttered toast, or try dipping the crushed clove in honey and then gnawing on the now-sweetened bulb.
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