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4 Healthy Reasons to Love Garlic

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Garlic History

  • Once upon a time it was used as currency.
  • In the days of the pharaohs, ancient Egyptians considered garlic so valuable that they placed it in tombs, including in King Tut’s.
  • Ancient Greeks gave it to Olympian athletes for strength and stamina.
  • In India, 5,000-year-old Sanskrit records describe its curative properties.

Why should you let Garlic sit for 5–10 minutes?

To get most health benefits from Garlic, let it sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, after cutting and before eating or cooking.  Waiting 5–10 minutes allows the health-promoting allicin to form. If you do not let it sit, allicin is never formed, so it is worth the wait. What is Allicin?

I was having dinner with some friends one evening. My friend made a stir fry with lots of garlic in it. She told me that she could only eat organic garlic because when she ate non-organic garlic, she would have extreme digestive problems.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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9:56PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

I love garlic. So glad it's good for me.

8:52AM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

I use garlic everyday in my cooking it is so healthy I can't get enough of it. Love the sound of the zucchini garlic recipe. Try Wegmanns chicken and 40 cloves of garlic recipe, awesome way to incorporate lots of healthy garlic into supper. Google it,he does a tutorial on it on Utube.

7:42AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Thank you.

1:47AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

I love garlic - we could start a garlic fan club with the comments already posted :D

6:00AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

I already love garlic, but if it's an aphrodisiac, I guess I should stop eating it.

3:44AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

There is just no substitute for this unbelievable plant!!

9:07PM PST on Mar 3, 2014

Making garlic bread right now! Can you smell it?

11:56AM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Yum, thanks.

10:37AM PST on Feb 27, 2014

I love garlic!

10:48AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

LOVE garlic.

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