Garlic – it smells great and it tastes even better! But it always leaves that lasting “garlicky” breath. I’m sure that you probably don’t want that “garlicky” breath while on a date. And to be on a date with a “garlicky” breath is reason enough alone to avoid garlic (or anything else that leaves a bad taste/odour in your mouth) – and I get that. But since we’re in the cold/flu season, garlic might just come in hand during this time of year.
Here are a few reasons why it could provide an extra flavour to your food and more importantly – keep you from getting sick this cold/flu season:
Garlic contains anti-microbial/anti-bacterial properties and therefore it can be used as a remedy for infections (chest), digestive disorders, and fungal infections such as thrush (commonly known as a yeast infection within the digestive tract)
Garlic enhances the absorption of Vitamin B1 which therefore reduces the risk of BeriBeri (a severe B1 vitamin deficiency in which it can affect your nervous system)
Garlic has a high Vitamin C content which therefore helps prevent scurvy (a severe vitamin C deficiency in which it affects the synthesis of collagen in the body)
Garlic roasted in olive oil can be used in many different ways! Here are a few different things you can try to put a twist into your food!
1. Try taking the garlic and spreading it over some bread – VIOLA! Garlic bread!
2. Mash up the roasted garlic and include it to your sauces to add flavour.
3. Add fresh herbs to the olive oil as you’re roasting the garlic in the oven. By adding the fresh herbs to the olive oil and garlic, you create an infused olive oil that has great flavour, it smells fantastic, and has additional health benefits from the garlic and herbs!
4. Try dipping crunchy whole grain bread into olive oil and balsamic vinegar as an appetizer
5. Use the flavoured olive oil as part of a homemade salad dressing!
So to keep in mind that with a stronger strain of the flu upon us and with this insanely cold weather upon us – some of us are bound to get a little sick during this time of year. So try adding 1-2 cloves of garlic into your food to add a bit of flavour and also to prevent yourself from getting sick by giving your immune system a bit of a boost!
So I guess we’re all okay with having a bit of a “garlicky” breath right? But hey! – at least we’re not that sick right?