What is Garlic?

Garlic (Allium sativum) is a flowering plant in the genus Allium. It is considered as a vegetable since it is the edible part of the herbaceous plant. Vegetables are parts of plants that are eaten by humans and other animals. Garlic is similar to other plants like onions, shallot, chive etc. Garlic is a flowering plant which grows from a bulb. The bulb is most commonly used part of the plant and it is asymmetrical in shape. The leaf blade is flat. Nowadays, garlic have become a common seasoning worldwide. Ancient Egyptians used it as both food seasoning and traditional medicine. China is the leading producer of the World's garlic producing 76%.

Garlic in cooking

The health benefits of garlic are taken into effect when it is consumed often. Researchers have encouraged the consumption of garlic due to the benefits it can give to the body. Adding garlic to food is artistic, as some will like to blend it and add it to their foods whilst others prefer cutting it into smaller pieces and adding them to their meals. Some people will even like to eat it raw by peeling the outer layer off. Here is a list of some foods that goes well with garlic.

  1. Soup:
  2. One of the ways you can add garlic to your meals is by adding it to soup. This is common on the African and the Asian continent. It is best done when the garlic is blended with other ingredients and added to it. However, some people prefer cutting it into smaller pieces and adding it to it. Garlic also gives good taste to the soup.

  3. Stew:
  4. Another way you can add garlic to your food is by adding it to your stew. This is a very common method of garlic in cooking. This goes well whether if it is blended or by cutting it into smaller pieces. And garlic also makes your stew taste good and gives it a good aroma as it is a food seasoning. If you develop the habit of adding garlic and ginger to your stew, you do not need to add spices as this is a natural and healthy way of cooking.

  5. Salad:
  6. You can add garlic to your homemade salad. Salad making is artistic as everybody got their own recipe or ingredients. You can cut the garlic into smaller pieces and add it to your salad or you can blend it and add it to it depending on how you want it. Note: Do not keep your salad for longer periods it should be consumed within a day or two.

  7. Jollof:
  8. Jollof rice one of the famous West-African dish if not the most famous is a great way to add garlic to your food. It is cooked by making a stew first before you add the rice to it. Add garlic to the stew by blending or cutting it to smaller pieces depending on how you want it. This also gives the food a good aroma. Some people also like to add garlic to their boiled rice by cutting it into smaller pieces.

  9. Steaming meat:
  10. If you do not add garlic to your meat when steaming, start doing it now. Just blend half of a full garlic with other ingredients like ginger, onion etc. and add it to your meat. It works like magic as your meat gets a good taste.

These are some ways you can add garlic to your food.

Some benefits of garlic

Garlic is one of the most important vegetables. Aside been used as a traditional medicine and in cooking, it has other benefits for instance it is said to repel rabbits, moles and certain insects. Some studies even say it repels snakes. There is also a sticky juice in it which is used as an adhesive in mending glass and porcelain. According to history Garlic was used as a traditional medicine by people from Egypt, China, Greece etc. which means these ancient people saw the health benefits so why can't we use it and do more research about it. There are a lot of health benefits from garlic and some of them are:

  1. Cancer:
  2. Garlic is an important factor for good health. Several studies have been made on how garlic can help in treating cancer. For instance, in 2014, an observational study was made in Korea and it was revealed that those who consumes a lot of garlic have a lower risk of developing stomach cancer. There are some ongoing studies too about how the intake of garlic reduces the rate of getting prostate cancer. Generally, one way or the other the intake of garlic is good as it decreases your rate of getting cancer.

  3. Heart:
  4. The intake of garlic is good for the heart. People who consume garlic a lot has low risk of developing heart problems. In 2015, clinical research found out that the intake of garlic reduces blood pressure by (4 mmHg). There is a case study on garlic oil where it is said that people who are living with a heart disease took it for 6 weeks and they had a 12% reduction in peak heart rate(which is calculated by subtracting your age from 220) and they also had a good exercise capacity. In some ancient cultures garlic was used to reduce fatigue in athletes.

  5. Common Cold:
  6. Garlic is arguably known to treat common cold according to a 2014 review. This review was known to have insufficient evidence though. Other reviews also provided that garlic have a positive effect in treating common cold.

  7. Fat-burning:
  8. Some Studies have shown that there is an association between garlic and fat-burning. There are some compounds in garlic which is said to stimulate the fat-burning process. Fat-burning is the process by which the body utilizes the fat it has stored. When fat is broken down, carbon dioxide and water are the by-products. Fat-burning helps one to get better cholesterol levels.

These are some health benefits we get when we eat garlic often. After reading this post I hope you are encouraged to add garlic to your recipe.

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