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Five Reasons To Incorporate Garlic in Your Diet

Garlic is one of those foods that are easily accessible and can be commonly found in your kitchen. It is savory and gives almost any dish that extra pop of flavor that will have your taste buds singing. Sometimes, we are thrown off by the strong smell of garlic, but in reality, it is highly beneficial to incorporate into your diet. Here are a few reasons you should start including garlic in your diet every day. 

Helps Your Immune System 

This food is known to aid your immune system because it guards you against viruses, such as the common cold and flu. It does so by helping create an immune response that fights off virus-causing cells due to its antioxidant and antibacterial nature. 

Reduced Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease

Freshly cut or crushed garlic contains allicin. Allicin can help guard you against heart disease and certain types of cancer. Also, garlic can help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, which helps reduce your risk of heart disease. 

Low In Calories 

Garlic contains various healthy nutrients for you and helps fortify your diet. Even better is that it is low in calories, so you would be adding good nutritional value to your diet while not exceeding the recommended caloric intake.  

Adding garlic to your diet doesn’t have to be difficult, either. Here is a recipe with four simple ingredients to help you get started adding extra flavor to your diet. 

Baked Cauliflower al Mojo de Ajo (Garlic Sauce)

Ingredients: 

Directions:  

 

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Mix together the oil, garlic, and parsley in a small bowl.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the cauliflower with the oil mixture, making sure the cauliflower florets are equally coated.
  • Arrange the oil-coated cauliflower florets on the lightly greased baking sheet. Season with coarse salt. Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes until lightly golden and crisp. Remove from oven; serve. ¡Buen provecho!

 

Anti Inflammatory 

Garlic contains components that help with inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory effect helps with inflamed joints and muscles, as well as with symptoms linked to chronic inflammatory disorders such as arthritis. 

Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease 

As mentioned earlier, garlic contains antioxidants. A diet rich in antioxidants is  known to help prevent Alzheimer’s as it helps limit oxidative stress that damages DNA, cells, and proteins. This damage contributes to the aging process, increasing your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Incorporating antioxidants in your diet, not through supplements but through your food, will help prevent these neurodegenerative diseases. 

 

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