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Archive for March 26th, 2011

Garlic

Posted by terrepruitt on March 26, 2011

I love garlic.  I made dinner tonight with a ton of garlic and it is just so yummy.  Garlic is part of the onion family.  It is often referred to as the “stinking rose”.  Garlic itself is quite aromatic.  If you eat enough of it, it usually lingers on your breath and seeps out through your pours via sweat.  During digestion a portion of it cannot be digested and gets into the blood where it is excreted through lungs and skin.  Aside from making you aromatic 😉 , garlic seems to help with a lot of things in the body.

There is a protein needed to move iron around in the body, while garlic does not have this protein in it garlic may help the body increase its production.  Garlic is also proving to be an anti-inflammatory.  Which affects the circulatory system, the muscular system, and our bones.  The properties in garlic assist in the blood not clumping and in keep the vessels open. Garlic has been shown to reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

If you like garlic you shouldn’t hesitate to eat it, cook with it, and use it generously.  Unless, of course you are taking the type of medications that might act adversely with a large quantity of garlic.

This food helps with infections from both bacteria and viruses.  I remember watching the Doctor Oz show where he said a clove of garlic in the ear over night can eliminate an ear infection.  It might help in the treatment of some infections that are resistant to antibiotics.  Garlic has a long history of being used in a medicinal fashion.

My family used to eat sautéed garlic.  It is very strong when cooked and eaten this way.  I think that roasting it tends to cut down on the bitter that comes out when frying it.  Roasting helps bring out the sweetness.

I never made a marinade without garlic.  I use garlic a lot.  Tonight I cooked broccoli in minced garlic and sprinkled powered garlic on the pasta.

I didn’t realize that some people have a  fear of garlic.  This phobia is called alliumphobia.  I guess I did know that there was a fear of garlic—I would think that vampires suffer from alliumphbia.  🙂

Do you like garlic?  How do you use it?  Do you cook with it?  Do you use fresh garlic?  Do you use garlic powder?

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