10 spicy facts about garlic
Did you know that eating garlic or taking garlic as a supplement can reduce your chances of catching a cold by 70%?
Garlic, or Allium sativa, is an edible bulb related to other bulbs such as onions, shallots, leeks, and chives.
This humble vegetable has been giving us bad breath and delicious food for so long that we often take it for granted.
Read on to learn some super spicy facts about garlic!
1. Garlic has amazing health benefits.
Research shows that garlic extract can help lower blood pressure, and in some cases it does the same thing as modern medicine.
It also helps lower cholesterol levels and significantly reduces the risk of heart disease.
Most importantly, garlic contains essential nutrients and antioxidants.
Garlic is really good for you! but please ignore its smell!
2. Humans have been using garlic for at least 4,000 years.
The earliest archaeological records of garlic date back to about 4,000 years ago in Mesopotamia.
Records of garlic in Egypt and China also go back at least thousands of years, as pickled garlic was found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs.
It was also historically consumed by the ancient Greeks and Romans of all classes.
3. Garlic has amazing cold protection properties.
Garlic have been shown time and time again to significantly boost the immune system, so don't be afraid to toughen up on garlic in the winter.
In fact, the study found that the likelihood of cold with garlic additives reduced the cold by 70 % and reduced the cold length by 70 %.
To be honest, you have to eat more garlic for better health.
4. Garlic's pungent smell comes from a compound called allicin.
When you mince or mince garlic, it releases an enzyme called alliinase, which converts another naturally occurring compound in garlic, allin, into allicin.
Allicin contains sulfur, which is why garlic really starts to stink. When you consume garlic, allicin is absorbed into your blood.
If you eat a little, your breath will be a little labored, but if you eat enough, your sweat will smell like garlic!
5. Garlic has historically been used to treat a variety of health problems.
People in ancient times did not just grow garlic to eat. In fact, in some cultures it is more of a drug than anything else!
india, Greek, Roman, Chinese, Japanese, and Egyptian ancient medicine considered the malodorous plant to have many medicinal properties.
It is used to treat arthritis, persistent cough, insect and snake bites, parasites and even as an antibiotic.
6. The easiest way to avoid garlic smell is to eat more garlic.
As avid garlic lovers, it's hard for us to sympathize with those who complain about the smell of garlic.
However, we will reveal a little secret. If you eat garlic regularly, you are less likely to notice its smell.
You may need to coordinate with family and close friends to get everyone to do this, or you'll pass the problem on to someone else.
anyway, it's worth it because garlic is amazing!
7. China produces 80% of the world's garlic.
It almost makes sense considering how important garlic has been to China for thousands of years.
However, 80% approx 25.4 million tons. and you know 25.4 million tons is a very large number!
Even worse, this figure would be much higher if the US and EU did not impose heavy taxes on Chinese garlic, giving local garlic farmers access to the market.
The second largest producer of garlic is India, which produces only 5% of the world production.
that means the world's 85% garlic is coming from China and India.
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8. 29 million tons of garlic are consumed annually in the world.
26.5 million metric tons garlic for you.
The average American eats only about 2 pounds of garlic per year, which may seem relatively high, but not compared to some other countries.
For example, the average Chinese person eats 31.5 pounds (approx 14.5 kgs) of garlic every year!
9. Garlic can be used as glue.
While these days when all other options fail you can just turn to garlic glue, historically it has been used as the glue of choice for some craftsmen dating back to the 13th century.
Garlic glue is great for fine and delicate work such as gilding, such as applying gold or silver foil to an object.
It's not as strong as superglue, but it's a great option if you're applying something to paper, leather, or glass.
9. Garlic can be used as a natural insecticide and fungicide.
You don't need to use cloves of garlic as the whole plant can be used.
There are a few different ways to make garlic-based insecticides, but they all involve crushing the garlic, mixing it with a few drops of soap, and letting it sit in water for a while.
It turned out to be very effective, you only need a little garlic!
Although we don't recommend using it as an antibiotic or to treat insect or snake bites, daily use has many benefits – at least in the winter!
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