By Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN
Garlic is a delicious white vegetable that not only adds wonderful flavor to many different recipes, but it also adds major nutritional value. By consuming garlic on a regular basis it can help promote overall health, boost immune system, up your antioxidant intake, and lower risks for various diseases. Find out why this white veggie should become a staple in your kitchen for more reasons than just adding it to the saute pan!
Garlic contains these major nutrients:
The health benefits of garlic:
Note: Garlic acts as a blood thinner, so if you have questions about any medication regimen you’re on please consult your MD.
Frequently asked question: Garlic pill vs. garlic clove?
One of the major questions that I get about consuming garlic is regarding whether a pill is as good as eating garlic when it comes to benefit. Some research has found garlic supplements to be beneficial while others have not. Across the research it appears that unanimously there is lots of benefit to eating garlic, and because supplements in the U.S. are not regulated, (as with most things when possible), I recommend loading up on this flavorful item in your food before taking a pill.
Key cooking tip: To reap the benefits from a powerful nutrient in garlic called allicin, the garlic needs to be chopped or crushed then allowed to sit for about 10 minutes before being cooked.
Here’s a few ways to add more garlic to your daily diet:
Roasted Garlic (See my step by step instructions!)
Garlic Flaxseed Sesame Crackers