Garlic is used in cuisines around the world for its mouth-watering aroma and rich flavors. Allicin, a substance in garlic that also gives it its aroma, offers many health benefits. Certain preparation methods enhance the taste and health benefits of garlic. To preserve its health benefits when cooking with garlic, there are several rules.
In an Instagram post, nutritionist Mumal Asif shared the ’10 Minute Garlic Rule’. “Did you know that two minutes in a frying pan destroys all the health benefits of garlic?” she wrote in the caption. Garlic has a well-deserved reputation for being healthy, she continued. Garlic is high in antioxidant content and has powerful antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
However, when a nutritionist applies heat to garlic, the most active ingredient is almost completely inactivated. She suggests that garlic’s health benefits can be preserved by making a small change in cooking technique.
Sharing a recipe on how to cook garlic, she says, “Crush, chop or mince the garlic and keep it away from heat for 10 minutes. At this point maximum allicin is created and remains intact during cooking. You can fry, roast and bake to your heart’s content and still get its medicine”.
Garlic has been used in cooking for centuries. Along with allicin, it also contains minerals like zinc, phosphorus and magnesium. Garlic is also high in vitamin C, niacin, K, folate and thiamin. Here are the benefits of eating garlic.
- Prevents cold and flu
- Improves heart health
- Improves brain function
- Improves digestion
- Balances blood sugar
- Increases immunity
- Improves skin health
- Promotes weight loss
- May improve athletic performance
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