We all know and love this bulbous, pungent thing that is garlic! We eat it so much here in Spain, so much so that Mrs Beckham once said that the entire country smells of it! This is not something that I have ever noticed or has ever bothered me one bit.
Many health experts consider garlic to be a superfood due to its numerous health benefits.
It’s no secret, Indian food contains LOADS of garlic, as does wonderfully healthy Mediterranean food here, along with Asian food etc. It’s what gives a dish it’s extra kick, it helps all the other ingredients to stand out and hey, if it’s healthy, then we need more of it!
Garlic is rich in healthy compounds known as allicins that can help to protect against cancer and heart disease. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years. The University of Maryland Medical Center explains that garlic can lower cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure. Garlic also has some anti-cancer properties that can help to prevent cancer and reduce cancer symptoms in cancer patients.
Garlic is one of the most common flavours in Indian cuisine, where no curry dish is complete without using garlic paste. It adds incredible flavour and thickens up a curry sauce.