So, just how healthy is garlic for you? Let’s look at all the benefits but before we do, we need to answer this question: Is garlic a spice or herb?
Garlic is neither an herb nor spice but a bulb considered a vegetable because of its leaves which are also edible. It is seldom eaten on its own but predominantly mixed with other seasonings in food dishes. Raw garlic is most nutritious for you. Just a 3.5 ounce serving provides 33 grams of carbs, 1 gram of sugar, 2.1 grams of fiber, .5 grams of fat, 6.4 grams of protein, plus Vitamins B1, B5, B6, and C and Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Zinc.
Studies show that garlic can help regulate blood sugar levels. Please recognize that we do not speak as medical professionals but only share this as helpful information. People taking insulin should always consult their physician before consuming medicinal amounts of garlic. While health advocates proclaim garlic’s beneficial need, the side effects of long-term garlic supplements are still largely unknown, and no FDA-approved study has been performed as yet.
Because of its high Vitamin C content, garlic was found to be an effective way to prevent scurvy in the early 1900’s. Also, during WW I and WW II garlic was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene, and today it is even used as a disinfectant because of its bacteriostatic/bactericidal properties (killing bacteria).
Within the garlic bulb cloves lies a sticky juice used as an adhesive for mending glass and porcelain. Garlic has also been used in Europe as additives to insecticides. The green, dry ‘folds’ in the center of the garlic clove are the most pungent.
GARLIC and HALITOSIS
You may have avoided garlic because it is known for causing bad breath (halitosis). A person’s sweat can even have a strong ‘garlicky’ smell. Both garlicky breath and sweat are caused by allyl methyl sulfide, referred to as AMS. As the body metabolizes the garlic-derived sulfur compounds, it is absorbed into the blood, travels to the lungs, and from there to the mouth causing bad breath and to the pores of the skin where it also exits. Some declare sipping milk when consuming garlic counters halitosis.
Garlic is a natural plant that adds flavor and aroma to your foods. Enjoy the excitement and taste of garlic while enhancing your health.
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