Numerous studies show that a clove of garlic a day is the key to good health. It is true, however, that such eating can lead to the end of your social life. So how do you enjoy garlic without disturbing your surroundings?
Our grandmothers have repeatedly told us that garlic is extremely healing, our mothers secretly encouraged us to use it in salads, and doctors and scientists who have long studied the effects of garlic in various studies are convinced of its positive effects. One of the latest, the results of which were published last week, showed that eating raw garlic can reduce the risk of developing lung cancer by as much as half. Another, conducted in China, concluded that garlic can prevent colds, lower high blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol and eliminate E. coli infection. The World Health Organization has recommended that we eat fresh garlic every day, from 2 to 5 grams of garlic a day.
But unfortunately, this habit does not stick despite the recommendations. Many people avoid garlic because of its strong taste and, above all, the unpleasant smell after eating. So how do you regularly eat garlic without disturbing your surroundings and suddenly find out that no one wants to have coffee with us anymore?
Boiled or roasted garlic is not the solution!
Many dishes can be prepared with garlic in such a way that the strong taste is no longer felt, and the smell after eating is not a problem. But unfortunately, most medical studies insist that raw garlic should be consumed for positive effects. The active ingredient responsible for most of the positive effects is allicin, which acts as an antibiotic and antifungal, thus protecting you from pests and taking care of your health. But this is almost completely destroyed during cooking and while soaking, making the only way to consume it is by eating raw garlic.
How to prevent unpleasant odors?
Some culinary experts believe that the combination of raw garlic and any form of fat reduces the unpleasant odor after eating garlic. So pour it with olive oil or mix it with avocado, which is rich in healthy unsaturated fats. After eating, chew mint, parsley or drink a cup of coffee. Despite these measures, the smell can remain to a lesser extent when consuming large amounts of garlic, so it may be a good idea to treat yourself to small amounts just before bedtime to be eliminated from your system by the next morning or when you know you you will not have frequent contact with other people. There is, of course, another solution, and that is to indulge in it in company, so that the smell of your interlocutor will not bother you.
Either way, regardless of the side effects of garlic, it’s sometimes good to ‘take a risk’ and indulge in it in its raw form. Especially in the coming months, when you will be more exposed to flu and colds. A study by the global research organization The Cochrane Collaboration has shown that eating garlic can shorten the duration of unpleasant cold symptoms and help you get over it faster. In Germany, garlic extract tablets are licensed as a medicine to treat atherosclerosis – hardening of the arteries that can lead to heart attack and stroke. However, numerous medical studies have shown that eating garlic can reduce the risk of various forms of cancer, including bowel and lung cancer.