Ever wonder about the differences between fresh garlic and processed minced garlic in a jar? Well, wonder no longer!
Minced Garlic Pros:
-Convenient/No preparation required
-Long Shelf Life
Minced Garlic Cons:
-May be stored in low quality oils with additives
-Allicin- one of garlic’s most highly valued sulfur compounds stays in tact for only 2 1/2 days after it is crushed. Therefore, processed minced garlic loses most of its antioxidant function and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Fresh Garlic Cons:
-Requires preparation (Peeling, Smashing and Chopping)
-Garlic smell may transfer to fingers
Fresh Garlic Pros:
-Maximum garlic flavor
-Freshly crushed garlic contains powerful Antioxidants
- Garlic contains allicin, a naturally occurring antioxidant that may help improve heart health. There is some evidence that garlic may lower blood pressure and LDL-cholesterol levels
- Garlic may decrease levels of homocysteine — a by-product of protein breakdown that causes inflammation and damages blood vessels. People with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis may benefit from eating garlic and other Allium vegetables like onions, leeks, shallots and scallions.
- For highest nutritional benefit, let the garlic sit 5 minutes after mincing to activate allinase enzymes.
Garlic Nutrition- 1 ounce (28grams) provides:
(% Daily Value)
17% vitamin B6
15% vitamin C
4% vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Take Away Message:
For maximum flavor and nutritional benefits, always choose fresh garlic.