No one really knows who institutionalized April 19 as the National Garlic Day, but we appreciate someone did! On this blog, we want to share with you some answers to frequently asked questions related to garlic, as well as recipe ideas with garlic that you can cook on this festivity.
What are the health benefits of garlic?
- Garlic has a major impact on cancer prevention. Garlic has a vast amount of germanium, which is an anti-cancer agent.
- It is good for your heart. It is well known that garlic has a positive effect on your circulatory system. As a result, consuming garlic in moderation can lower your blood pressure, decrease platelet aggregation, and lower LDL cholesterol levels.
- Garlic fights back allergies. It is packed with quercetin, which acts like an antihistamine to fight allergies.
- It is rich in nutrients and proteins. According to the National Garlic Day website, garlic has good amounts of vitamin A, B-1 and C and contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron.
Is it true that garlic helps you lose weight?
Probably. Although it is a fact that garlic prevents you from gaining weight, there are not too many studies that demonstrate that garlic can be a cause of weight loss. A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension stated that allicin, which is a substance found in garlic, not only lowers blood pressure but also has a practical value for weight control.
Does garlic heal wounds and infections?
Yes. Since World War I, garlic has been used as a herbal medicine to treat wounded soldiers. Its antibiotic and antimicrobial properties can stop the growth of infection in a wound.
How can I neutralize the bad breath caused by eating garlic?
You can stop it by drinking milk or eating parsley. According to a 2010 study published by the Institute of Food Technologist (IFT), drinking milk while eating garlic can reduce the bad breath associated with garlic consumption. Although all types of milk work, whole milk is the most effective one. Dr. Rob Danoff from MSN Healthy Living also suggests chewing on a sprig or tow of fresh parsley to stop the bad breath.
- Creamy garlic Penne Pasta: http://www.food.com/recipe/creamy-garlic-penne-pasta-43023
- Cheesy Garlic Bread: http://www.garlicrecipes.org/cheesy-garlic-bread.html
- French Garlic soup: http://www.garlicfestival.com/gffrecipes.php?rindex=10
- Garlic Chicken with White Wine Sauce: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/garlic_chicken_with_white_wine_sauce/
- Garlic Roasted Salmon & Brussels Sprouts: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/salmon_brussels_sprouts.html