Garlic is healthiest and tastes the best when it is prepared raw.
Garlic is well known for its health promoting qualities and proven to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. By chopping the garlic before cooking, you are helping to create the availability of allicin, a phytonutrient that is released when garlic is chopped.
Healthiest way to Prepare Garlic
Garlic is mainly used as a spice, and is most commonly sautéed in olive oil or butter. Sorry folks, it is not recommended to cook garlic in oil or to roast the garlic because the high temperature heat can damage the delicate oils and potentially create some harmful free radicals.
Allicin is what gives garlic the spicy kick and pungent smell. The smelly garlic is probably the best kind your overall health. More details on the health benefits of garlic can be found by following this link: http://bit.ly/11c1snX
To prepare the garlic: begin by removing the outer layer of the garlic. Use a sharp knife, a garlic press, or a blender to chop the garlic. The finer the press/chop/mince, the more allicin is produced.
Let the garlic sit for 5-10 minutes before using.
If you want to cook the garlic, add it to the dish 5-10 minutes before it is done. If you cook the garlic for longer than 11 minutes it begins to loose a substantial amount of nutrients.
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