Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy Garlic Day

With the #FoodHoliday of the day being National Garlic Day, we wanted to take a moment and promote the many wonderful uses of Garlic, and yes, there certainly are many uses above and beyond flavoring a dish or thwarting off the fiendish attempts of an evil force.
We all have seen a movie or two where Garlic is believed to ward off evil spirits, but hey what do we know about evil spirits? The only evil spirits we know are the ones made with cheap Heritage liquor and smell of next day headaches.

Garlic is a vegetable, its' an herb, and is used in recipes around the world. Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years.
About the only negative things you can say about garlic, are that it can negatively affect an otherwise romantic evening and can be toxic to your cats and dogs.

As a medicinal herb garlic is used to:
Phytochemicals (Chemical compounds such a Beta-Carotene, found naturally in plants) provide protection against heart disease and cancer, specifically, stomach and colorectal cancers.

Garlic has been proven to help fight off colds and flu, lower blood cholesterol levels and
reduce the buildup of plaque in arteries.
Other great uses are that Garlic has been found to reduce the unpleasant appearance of acne and warts and even better can also help towards calming toothaches.

Almost every recipe we have on the site calls for Garlic in one way or another so please make use of these recipes. Look at it this way your helping to build up your immune system, fend off a vampire or just make a nasty person stay up out your face either way you look at it.

Once you take a little bit of time and research all of its medical benefits, you might find yourself adding it into just about everything you eat (except your breakfast cereal of course.)

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