About National Garlic Day
This national holiday celebrates the holy grail of cooking ingredients.
In addition to pepping up almost any meal, garlic is one of the healthiest foods on earth with many health properties: anti-blood coagulation, antioxidant, antiviral, antimicrobial, lowers cholesterol, anticancer properties and really helps fight the common cold.
Garlic is one of the oldest food flavorings and one of the first herbs to be cultivated.. Archaeological records show that this seasoning plant was used even in Neolithic times, more than 7,000 years ago.
The first ancient civilization that truly incorporated garlic into their diet was Egypt. In the 3rd millennium BC garlic was used not only by nobility but also in medicine, religious rituals and was given to the slaves as a powerful source of strength. The Egyptians revered garlic so much they used to worship garlic as a god and used it as a form of currency.
Similarly, the Greeks used to believe that garlic could give strength to athletes and warriors, as well as keep the evil eye away and protect maidens from evil nymphs.
Today, garlic is a common household item across the world as a popular additive to almost any meal. Go to any restaurant and you can find garlic bread beside pasta dishes, minced garlic added to salsa, full cloves of garlic mixed into alfredo sauce and much more.
When it comes to using garlic in cooking, the opportunities are endless. In addition to cooking, garlic also has many beneficial health properties. According to healthline.com, garlic contains manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium, fiber, calcium, copper and more in addition to only having 4.5 calories per clove. Garlic is also well-known for boosting your immune system, allowing you to help fight off the common cold. Additionally, it can help reduce your blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and improve bone health.
What isn’t there to love about garlic? Celebrate today with your favorite dish containing garlic! You won’t feel guilty eating it after reading all those health benefits.