Favorites: Garlic

My first memory of eating garlic was in my mom's chicken abobo. She would crush the garlic cloves and let them simmer in the sauce. If I was lucky I'd get one while pouring the adobo sauce over my rice. Talk about delicious. 

Nowadays we go through one to two bulbs of garlic a week. I love garlic for the taste, but after doing a bit of research I realized that garlic has been a staple ingredient to various cuisines throughout history.

Dating back over 5,000 years, garlic was recorded in use by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Indians, Chinese, and other ancient cultures. Its uses ranged beyond food, from currency, medicine, aphrodisiacs, to magic potions.

Today garlic is famously known for it's pungent qualities, which makes it a great seasoning agent.  As a staple ingredient to various types of cuisine, garlic can be considered a super ingredient on taste alone. But there is more to this ingredient than taste and smell, it has a number of medicinal qualities to confirm that garlic is truly a super food.

Here are some health benefits to garlic:

1) It's a great source of antioxidants.

2) It can reduce cholesterol and is a heart healthy ingredient.

3) It's been associated with the possible decrease of cases in stomach cancer.

4) It's been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral qualities.

5) It's a great source of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, and selenium.

6) It's high in Vitamin C.

To activate garlic's many medicinal wonders, you need to crush or cut the flesh of the bulb, which activates a compound called allicin. his special compound helps reduce blood pressure which in turn decreases the chances of a heart attack or stroke.

Before you avoid adding garlic to your favorite dish because you want to save your breath, think twice because this super food not only adds great flavor, but it's all full of nutritious surprises.