Garlic is a bit of a love it or hate it ingredient – it has a strong, pungent taste and an even stronger smell. But if you love it, you’re in luck – garlic actually has lots of health giving properties that make it an excellent addition to any healthy eating plan or weight loss diet.
Researchers are constantly finding more and more benefits of eating garlic – it’s found to help prevent heart disease and certain types of cancer and its antibacterial properties mean that it can help ward off infection.
Garlic is also known to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in your body, whilst increasing the levels of good cholesterol – and when taken daily, these effects can last for up to three months. It’s also thought that garlic could help to remove clots that could cause heart attacks and strokes, and new research suggests that garlic can inhibit the growth of or even kill certain types of bacteria.
Cooked garlic is also good for you – it helps to prevent cholesterol that is already present in your blood stream from oxidising and damaging the lining of your blood vessels.
Recent research has also suggested that garlic can actually aid weight loss. Researchers found that those rats given a garlic compound put on less weight than those not given the garlic. Plus it has been shown to help boost the metabolism. And to get all of these benefits? You only need to consume one garlic clove per day – so easy to do! To help you come up with ideas for using garlic in your cooking, here are two low fat weight loss recipes.
Serve as a side dish, tossed with pasta or try adding some strips of flash fried lean chicken breast to make this into more of a substantial meal. Recipe serves 4, calories per serving: 93, fat per serving: 6g.
Serve these prawns tossed with wholewheat linguine, or as they are with chunks of ciabatta bread to mop up all the sauce. Recipe serves 12, calories per serving: 73, fat per serving: 3g.