My “Go To” meal, when I used to eat out with the family, was a decent steak with a garlic sauce with a cheese and garlic roll. Nothing beats it… then COVID 19 Struck and put paid to our eating out,
“No Problem” said the Old Girl and she started cooking them at home. Great, but not so great for the waistline.
Granny (Or Ouma as she is called by the grand kids), has always been a magical cook and often made sauces and chutneys which the family consumed and the odd bottle was given to friends. This changed when random people, friends of friends called to ask if she had any to “spare”!
Enter Granny’s Garlic
What Is Garlic
Garlic is a species in the onion genus, Allium (Allium sativum). This family includes onion, shallots, Chinese onions, chives and leeks. Garlic has long been used in food and medicines worldwide and is a firm favorite on our table, despite its bad (but earned) rap for bad breath.
There is a way to eliminate, or at least reduce the “you’ve eaten garlic” retort which I will get into later but in the mean time, drink some milk.
Where Did Garlic Originate
According to many cuniform texts, Garlic has been grown and used in Mesopotamia for a minimum of 4000 years, and don’t leave out Egypt and China. Garlic was also used there many thousands of years ago.
The same cannot be said for the English cuisine as record tend to show garlic rarely appearing from around 1548. It was a more commonly used ingredient in Mediterranean Europe.
Customary Uses Of Garlic
There are tones of uses for garlic, many of them for medicinal purposes like:-
Household Uses For Garlic
- Homemade cough remedy
- Combat acne
- Treat athlete’s foot
- Lose weight
- Attend to a cold sore
Medical Benefits Of Garlic
- Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- High cholesterol
- heart attack
- coronary heart disease and
What Are The Side Effect Of Garlic?
Garlic has been researched for years, nay, thousands of years and has many great benefits but, sad to sad, it has its downside as well!
When taken orally, there is a chance that garlic can cause:-
- bad breath,
- a burning sensation in the mouth or stomach,
- body odor, and
Raw garlic will frequently make these symptoms worse. It may also increase the risk of bleeding.
What Happens When You Eat Garlic On An Empty Stomach?
Studies have shown that garlic is an effective antibiotic. Studies have also shown that, taken on an empty stomach, it is very effective for preventing and even curing some diseases and is a powerful antibiotic. This is because, on an empty stomach, the bacteria cannot defend itself from the garlic and is destroyed.
There are some interesting ways to take garlic but, the simplest is to drink garlic water in the morning before breakfast or Garlic Tea at night.
Garlic And Weightloss
- Garlic helps to boost your energy levels which in turn will make you active and that burns all the calories, keeping you fitter. Garlic also helps to boost your metabolism, again, helping you lose weight with less effort.
- Garlic is also considered an appetite suppressant. It also keeps you feeling fuller for far longer, thus helping to prevent you from overeating.
- According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, there is some association between garlic and fat-burning. The compounds in the garlic are known to stimulate the fat-burning process.
- Garlic helps flush out toxins that can be a problem to your system. Including garlic in your diet will definitely help keep you healthier every day.
Does Garlic help lose belly fat? The short answer is yes. It does not target belly fat but, fat in general, wherever it may be. So don’t fall for those fake ads telling you to buy specific Garlic products that target belly fat overnight.
Raw garlic, taken as garlic water or a garlic tea will help you lose weight. In fact, any raw garlic, however you take it, will help you lose weight but it does not work miracles. Overeat and you will still pick up weight.
How long does it take for garlic to get in your system?
Blame The Salt A Sulfur Compounds For Your Garlic Breath : The Salt A sulfur compound in garlic can linger in the body for anything up to two days, making your breath smell considerably less than desirable. The smell is not limited to your breath but extends to your sweat and pee.
Milk, parsley or citrus might help break it down a little more quickly or mask the repelling stench but, don’t hold your breath until it works.
What Are The Benefits Of Garlic And Honey?
I have discussed some benefits of raw garlic in this article but to read more about honey go here
Both garlic and honey are extremely beneficial to us and are high in antioxidant compounds. These incredibly healthy, natural chemicals aid in the balancing of your immune system and prevent illnesses. These natural wonders may also aid in protecting your brain from common diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Garlic is most commonly used for conditions related to the heart and blood system. These conditions include high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia), and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). (https://www.webmd.com)
Garlic has some natural antibiotic properties and has been found to help prevent and cure many diseases. A number of modern studies confirm that garlic has definite antibiotic properties which are effective against a wide spectrum of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Add this to the properties of honey and you have a winner.
Garlic has played an important part in the health and diet of many societies for thousands of years and modern science is now confirming what our ancestors have believed for many thousands of years. Is it not time to take advantage of this incredible natural product to improve your health and your culinary skills?
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