Nutritional benefits of garlic

Healthy benefits of garlic

What is garlic?

Garlic (Allium sativum) is a vegetable.

It consists of a rounded bulb buried underground mostly of whitish color, although some varieties present blue or red shades if they are tender.

The skin of garlic shows the same color as the inside, if they are tender. If they are old, red or purple.

Garlic is composed of several segments, within which the germ is.

Garlic has a tangy flavor.

What are the main nutrients of garlic? Composition of garlic

Composition of garlics

As an energy source, 100 grams of garlic give us 149 calories.

Their proportion of nutrients is divided into:

They are rich in potassium and calcium and also contain phosphorus and selenium, and smaller amount of magnesium, zinc, manganese and iron.

They contain lots of vitamin C, vitamin B6 and B9, and small amounts of other B vitamins and vitamin E.

Nutritional characteristics of garlic

Rope of garlics

Rope of garlic with corncobs

  • Garlic has a high water content.
  • It provides little energy.
  • It contains very little fat, although of high quality and with many health benefits.
  • It has a moderate protein content.
  • It has many carbohydrates, especially sugars.
  • A moderate-fiber content.
  • It helps to remove toxins from our body, because it contains potassium.
  • Because of its calcium content, it helps the formation of strong bones.
  • For its content in B vitamins, particularly vitamin B6 and B9, it helps us to maintain our brain function and grow properly.
  • It protects us from colds, helps heal wounds, it eliminates toxins and prevents aging, because it contains vitamin C.

Garlic in the kitchen

Some recipes

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

21 November, 2023

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