Garlic is used in almost all cuisines as a strong flavoring agent. It is also used for medicinally purposes sometimes, to prevent chronic health problems.
Garlic is a low calorie food that isn’t rich in all the nutrients our body needs daily. It is most useful as a spice or for bringing out flavors of other healthy foods. Below is the nutrition facts of garlic as released by the United States department of agriculture based on a one teaspoon serving estimates.
- Calories – 4
- Protein – 0.18g
- Fat – 0.01g
- Carbohydrates – 0.93g
- Fiber – 0.1g
- Natural sugar – 0.03g
- Calcium – 5mg
- Iron – 0.05mg
- Magnesium – 1mg
- Potassium – 1mg
- Vitamin C – 0.9mg
It is also thought that garlic is a source of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, which can help our body build muscle and enzymes that will help to protect our health
Health benefit of eating garlic
Garlic has be employed in the treatment and management of several ailments and health conditions. These ailments and health conditions include cough, depression, constipation, high/low blood pressure, loss of appetite, Diarrhea, fever, intestinal parasites, infections, muscle pain, menstrual symptoms, sea sickness, rheumatism, wounds, skin diseases and so on.
As of today, many researches support some of these medicinal benefits of garlic. However, some have remain inconclusive.
Eating garlic has also been proven to help in providing antioxidants that are helping to fight some types of cancers, but such benefits is not derived from the intake of garlic supplements. Some of the cancers which eating garlic can help fight include colon cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer.
In like manner, chewing garlic has a profound benefits for our cardiovascular health when compared to the non-effect it had when it is being swallowed.
Tips for cooking garlic at home
Garlic have intense smell because of the sulfur compounds it contains. These glycosides are emitted when you peel the bulb or when crushing or cutting them. Garlic is sliced before you add them to your cooking. You can also opt for garlic powder which are easily available at your local store.
Side effects of garlic
Some people eat garlic without having to complain of any side effects while some people will eat and have allergies. Spice allergies is not as common as food allergies, but if you have an allergy to garlic, then you may as well have allergies to other related spices. Symptoms of allergies to garlic may include facial swelling, breathing difficulty and hives. Also sensitivity to garlic may cause gas, bloating and other gastrointestinal problems.
Eating garlic or its supplements may also cause, heartburn, bad breath, burning sensation in mouth and throat, stomach upset, body odor ulcer, vomiting and diarrhea.