There it is…we said it. It’s the age old diet question (or at least the one that seems to resurface every year around January 1). What’s the new magic bullet food that will change your life, your health, your complexion, your gut health, etc, etc, etc?
We aren’t even going to begin to argue that black garlic is the new kale - we’re some of those wacky people that actually love kale. And we don’t want to pretend that there is one magic bullet food, BUT we can say there are tons of health benefits you can gain from consuming black garlic on a regular basis.
There are a couple important questions we need to tackle before we dive into the many benefits of incorporating black garlic into your every day meal plans.
- What is black garlic?
- Isn’t regular garlic really good for me too?
Starting at the top: Black garlic begins as the white garlic we’re all familiar with. Crazy right? We take regular white garlic and put it through a high heat, long duration fermentation process. After fermentation the garlic is aged for 120 days, which allows the sweet flavor to become richer. The garlic is fermented as a whole bulb and when it emerges from the fermentation process, it has changed color, texture, taste, and has completely different uses when compared to regular garlic.
What happens to the garlic flavor during this process? Raw white garlic is crisp with a very strong, overpowering garlic flavor, and has some degree of heat or spiciness. By contrast black garlic, when eaten “raw," is chewy with a very mild garlic flavor, sweet undertones, molasses and chocolate notes, and there is seldom heat or spiciness with black garlic.
That all being said, the uses for black and white garlic are very different. White garlic is used to give your recipes a kick of spice, while black garlic has a variety of uses in dishes ranging from salad dressings to desserts. Which brings us to question 2:
Isn’t regular garlic really good for me too?
In short, yes! Here’s a short list for you (you can read more about the science here):
- Regular garlic has been shown to moderate the formation of cholesterol and fatty deposits in the circulatory system
- Garlic has also been shown to decrease cholesterol in those with elevated levels by 10 - 15%
- Garlic can also help decrease clotting of the blood
- Garlic has a moderating effect on blood pressure, and has been shown to lower blood pressure by 7% or more
- Garlic can also help decrease blood sugar
- In addition, white garlic contains a potent anti-microbial agent called allicin
This definitely isn’t a complete list because white garlic is an awesome superfood whose benefits are endless. So what about black garlic?
Here are the top 5 ways regular consumption of this curious, delectable clove can improve your health:
- Black garlic contains high amounts of chemical compound S-Allyl-Cysteine (SAC), which has been shown to be a particularly potent antioxidant and has multiple benefits for the cardiovascular system. Our black garlic contains 1.5 mg/g of SAC, so the more that’s consumed, the more benefits you will reap.
- Black garlic contains twice the anti-oxidants as white garlic. For those of you who don’t know what antioxidants do: antioxidants basically help protect our cells, and have been shown to help delay the effects of aging. Cool right?
- Regular consumption of black garlic could help prevent various forms of cancer, particularly colon cancer. Though more research is needed, preliminary tests have shown that black garlic extract helped inhibit the spread of colon cancer.
- Black garlic is a powerful anti-inflammatory because of the presence of over 100 active compounds, including AGE-1 and AGE-2. Scientists have identified AGE-1 and AGE-2 as compounds that have particularly potent anti-inflammatory effects, giving black garlic an extra leg up in the anti-inflammatory category.
- Black garlic can help mitigate the effects of allergies! Who doesn’t want that?
While more scientific research is needed, this seems like a pretty good list. Additional benefits include: potential to help treat type 2 diabetes, immune system support, helping the liver heal from alcohol damage, infection prevention and more.
With all the benefits you can reap from regular consumption of black garlic, it seems foolish not to try it! When you’re ready to give this delicious, mysterious clove a try, you know where to find us.