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I Heart Garlic

I recently (ish) wrote about a branch of vegetarianism that excludes onions, leeks and garlic from the diet, after a little research and some very helpful WordPress followers, I discovered that this abstainance is mainly due to religious beliefs, mostly Hinduism and other Hindu based persuasions. It was a very insightful topic and I’m pleased I took the time to learn about this practice. From a personal point of view I would find the above incredibly difficult to extract from my diet as they play a huge part in my everyday cooking and eating, but kudos to those who have the will power/belief system in place to eliminate such everyday staples. *high five*

As a lover of garlic and all things garlicy, in this post I would like to talk a little bit about the guy himself, garlic. For such a small vegetable it packs quite a punch, flavoursome, delicious and full of health benefits. See below to find out why you should be eating more garlic (maybe not on a first date though…)

Suvarnabhoomi-garlic

A 28 gram serving (1 ounce) contains a little of everything we need…

Manganese: 23% of the RDA – an antioxidant that helps to create collagen within the skin and ward off osteoporosis

Vitamin B6: 17% of the RDA – helps to control levels of amino acid in the blood. You need B6 to absorb B12 to ensure the promotion of red blood cells

Vitamin C: 15% of the RDA – necessary for normal growth and development

Selenium: 6% of the RDA – helps to protect the antioxidants in the body

Fibre: 1 gram – essential for gut health

Garlic also contains varying amounts of Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Vitamin B1

Garlic can combat sickness, including the common cold

Garlic can help to reduce blood pressure

Garlic improves cholesterol levels which can help to keep your heart healthy

Antioxidants found in garlic can help reduce the risk of Alzheimers and dementia

All of the above are proven health facts, for more info click here

If you would like to check out my previous blog post on Garlic, Onions and Leeks, click here and for more foodie fun plase check out Instagram and Twitter

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