The Truth About Garlic?
You’re familiar with the supposed health benefits of garlic, right?* For years, I’ve been sharing with people just how amazing garlic is. But is any of that scientifically proven? I’ve seen lots of information on the web praising garlic, but none of them include any kind of study. So where did we get the idea that garlic is so great?
The reason I’m asking is that after years of being a total garlic fanatic, I stopped eating it last December after a doctor’s visit. Before I go on, I want to mention that this is a “normal” allelopathic doctor who also practices acupuncture, uses a zapper on patients, recommends the use of colloidal silver for a variety of health issues, and prescribes Bach flower treatments and homeopathy. So he’s got traditional Western medicine training, but he’s also into the alternative stuff.
Anyway, this doctor told us that it’s important to eat a little of everything, with lots of variety…everything that is, except garlic. I, of course, went into shock, because I used garlic in everything.
I couldn’t imagine eating without garlic. Or cooking without garlic. Just do a search for “garlic” on this blog, and you’ll find a number of recipes dating back to November 2009 and before that include garlic in ample quantities.
So, we stopped eating garlic. But, we make exceptions now and again because sometimes I just need a Caesar salad, you know?
And then we suffer. Oh, do we suffer. I try to avoid oversharing on health issues here, so I won’t go into detail of the digestive torture that we experience after eating garlic. Recovery generally involves copious amounts of water and one or more carbon pills. And sometimes the misery will last well into the following day.
The thing is, I can’t find any serious information out there regarding the health disadvantages to eating garlic. Now, I know that a lot of times studies just aren’t done because the results might hurt a certain industry. So the lack of a garlic study doesn’t surprise me in a way.
There are several sites with information as to why garlic isn’t good for you, but in the same way that there seems to be no serious information regarding the health benefits of it, I can’t find anything to the contrary. So what is the truth about garlic?
What are your experiences with garlic? Are you a garlic “believer”?
Have you ever stopped eating garlic and then started up again? If you’re interested in giving this a try, I’d suggest to not eat anything with garlic for 30 days. Then eat one meal with garlic and see what happens. If you can post your experience here, I’d love it.
Oh, and don’t forget to pick up some carbon pills before your garlic dish. You’ll likely regret not having it.
*I just want to clarify here that I linked to the garlic article on Katie’s Kitchen Stewardship blog because I think it’s a clear, well-written article on the supposed health benefits of garlic. I love Katie’s blog, and I think she has a ton of spectacular information on there. So much, in fact, that I wish it were a book so I could underline and make notes in the margin on everything. In no way do I mean to discredit the information she posts about food or any other topics. This is a great blog, and I recommend you check it out!