Roasted garlic is pretty much the greatest thing ever! It adds so much flavor!!!! It can easily be added to any dish, sauce, dressing, marinade, spread, etc. Fresh roasted garlic can be squished right out of its “shell” and can be eaten like a cheese or added to any recipe to add a nice mellow yet elegant flavor. I try to have a few heads already roasted in my fridge at all times! Garlic has many antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic has a unique set of sulfur-containing compounds that help protect us against oxidative stress and inflammation.
This list includes all of the sulfur-containing garlic’s constituents that help lower our risk of oxidative stress:
- allyl polysulfides
- diallyl sulfide
- diallyl disulfude
- diallyl trisulfide
To have the maximum health benefits garlic should be eaten raw as to not be denatured by any heat source. This is why you’ll notice in our recipe we call for almost an entire hour of baking at 225 degrees F instead of the typical 400 degree oven temperature.
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