Garlic sometimes gets a bad rap for its effects on one’s breath, but the truth is that garlic is really great for you! It helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and it’s a natural antibiotic than can help your body fight infections.
There are many ways to add fresh garlic to a healthy diet. It’s tasty in salsa and of course in pasta sauce. You can also add it to dishes with poultry, fish, or other meats. Or bake it into a casserole! To boost the flavor of vegetables (such as spinach, broccoli, or green beans), saute them with garlic and a small amount of olive oil.
(Some people even claim that adding chopped fresh garlic to tea can help lessen the symptoms of an oncoming cold. While that hasn’t been scientifically proven, a “garlic tea” certainly isn’t bad for you! Toss in some ginger, and you’ve got yourself a sweet-and-savory tea with powerful nutritional properties!)
If you want the health benefits of garlic without the potent breath effects, you can take deodorized garlic supplements. As always with supplements, check with your doctor first.
Do you have any favorite garlic recipes?