The Benefits of Garlic

Garlic and garlic recipes have many health benefits.  We look at how eating and cooking with garlic will benefit your health.

Food Facts: Garlic

By WLR's Food Information Executive, Laurence Beeken

What are the Benefits of including Garlic in your recipes?

From the days of the ancient Egyptians, the benefits of including garlic in your diet and healthy recipes have been documented and extolled as being a cure for all ills.

Homeopathic uses of garlic suggest that this member of the onion family benefits from antibiotic properties, and may assist in the removal of excess mucus from the body.

Another health claim is that garlic may act as an anti coagulant by stopping platelets in blood from adhering and creating blockages.

Garlic has been used medicinally against fungal, yeast, bacterial, and viral infections.

How can eating garlic improve your health?

Studies using garlic have found effects on a number of cardiovascular disease risk factors, including blood pressure, blood viscosity and lipid levels, although to confirm the health benefits of garlic in lowering cholesterol  levels, further well controlled, long term studies are required.
You can use garlic as a flavour enhancer in sauces, casseroles, stews and more, even as a vegetable in soups.

Nutritional information

Garlic, Raw, Average 

Percent Calories From:

Carbohydrate 80.5%
Protein 16.6%
Fat 2.9%
Alcohol 0%

Nutrition Data Per 100g:

Calories (kcal) 149
Carbohydrate (g) 33.1
Sugars (g) 0
Protein (g)


Fat (g) 0.5
Sauturates (g) 0.1
Fibre (g) 2.1
Sodium (g) 0.02
Alcohol (g) 0
Fruit & Veg 1.3

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