Garlic is one of the super plants of nature. It offers so many benefits to us. It is mainly known for its unique strong pungent spicy flavor. Indeed, garlic is very popular as a spice in almost every cuisine of the world. But, the real benefits of garlic is its medicinal ones. It has unparallel antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties, which boost our immune system and keeps germs and sickness at bay.
Convinced by its miraculous medicinal benefits many around the world use it in their cooking. But unfortunately, by using garlic in the cooking process many of its nutrients get lost by the heat. To get the ultimate benefits of garlic you should eat it raw! Trust me I know that it is easier said than done.
That is why today I am presenting 7 methods on how to eat raw garlic and the reasons for which you should try these ways to unlock the full potential benefits of this miraculous food.
Why Should You Eat Raw Garlic?
There are many benefits to eating raw garlic. To unlock the full potentiality of the antifungal, anti-inflammatory properties of garlic, there are no other ways since cooking garlic cause many of its nutrients to get lost. Raw garlic is helpful to encounter many health problems and it boosts the immune system to a great extent. This is why it has a long shelf life. Garlic is very useful for the following health conditions.
- Colds & Flu
- Sore Throat
- High Blood Pressure
- Killing parasites
- Lower bad cholesterol levels
- Ear Infection
- Regulating Blood Sugar
- Increasing Bile Flow and many more.
Ways to Eat Raw Garlic
Eating raw garlic is a real challenge. Here are some popular methods to eat garlic raw!
1. Take It Like A Man, If You Can!
The obvious way to eat garlic raw is to peel a garlic clove and throw it in your mouth and start chewing. If you have a mouth of steel, this is not a hard task. Just don’t go anywhere near people without brushing your mouth!
Well, if chewing garlic was so easy, you wouldn’t be here online finding other ways of eating garlic, right? Don’t worry. There are many more ways to eat raw garlic. Just read on, we got you covered.
2. Garlic Pills
The chances are the idea of swallowing the whole garlic clove already crossed your mind. There are one or two problems with this approach.
Alliinase, an enzyme which is responsible for forming allicin, is only released after garlic is crushed or cut. On the other hand, garlic clove’s circumference is almost as same as the circumference of human esophagus. It can get stuck in your throat.
The best way to swallow garlic clove is by making garlic pills. Chop a garlic clove into three or four pieces. Leave the garlic pieces for 10 minutes. This will allow it to activate the allicin. Then swallow the garlic pills.
3. Garlic Toast
This is one of my favorite recipes with raw garlic. If you are trying to make your kid eat raw garlic this method works super fine. Dice a garlic clove properly and mix it with softened butter. Then apply the butter garlic mix on a toast. You would be surprised to see how the butter can negate the flavor of raw garlic. This is very tasty food which wouldn’t be hard to try with kids. So, next time make garlic butter toast for your kid to boost his/her immune system.
4. Dressing Salad
This is another raw garlic recipes to ingest raw garlic. You will need:
- ½ cup raw apple cider vinegar
- Fresh egg yolks of 2 eggs
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- Black pepper
- Sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Virgin olive oil, 1 or 1 ½ cups
Combine vinegar, egg yolks or mustard, minced garlic, black pepper, and other seasonings. Mix it well. Slowly mix extra virgin olive oil with the mixture. Taste the mixture with a fresh lettuce leaf. If it is too pungent add more olive oil. Keep the salad mixture in the refrigerator. Shake before each serving.
5. Lemon-Honey-Garlic Tea
This recipe is super effective in treating a sore throat, flu, and colds. Crush 3 or 4 garlic cloves and put them into a pot. Pour two cups of water and heat the water for 10 minutes with medium heat. After that, pour the juice of 1 lemon and honey according to your taste. Your lemon honey garlic tea is ready. Honey, lemon and garlic, It can’t get healthier than this!
6. Mashed Potatoes
You can also enjoy raw garlic with mashed potatoes. Just boil some potatoes. Then the mash is well. While mashing, add some chopped onion and chopped garlic, peppermint, and salt.
7. Garlic & Honey
This is very much similar to the garlic pill technique. Make some garlic pill. Leave it for 10 minutes and then take a spoon of honey. Mix the garlic pills with the honey and eat is up. You can try to chew the garlic pills if you like. The taste of honey should do fine to reduce the strong flavor of garlic. Or you can also swallow it if chewing garlic is too hard for you.
Food is medicine. Garlic is a shining example of this statement. It boosts your immune system by many folds with its super antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. There are many more ways to eat raw garlic. What is your favorite way to eat garlic? I would love to hear it from you. Let me know in the comment sections.