Are you a garlic lover? If so, your stinky indulgences may be a boon to your weight-loss efforts.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Hypertension explored the relationship between allicin – a powerful phytonutrient in garlic – and weight gain. Researchers fed all of the subjects a diet high in fructose to boost insulin levels, blood pressure, and triglycerides. The study group was then divided into three subgroups. The control group ate a fructose-enriched diet, and two experimental groups ate the fructose-enriched diet plus allicin.
At the end of the five-week study, the researchers found that the control group (which consumed the fructose-enriched diet alone) continued to gain weight. The groups consuming allicin did not.
Chop, press, and crush your way to a healthier body and a trimmer tummy. Because allicin is destroyed by heat, you’ll want to enjoy fresh garlic to get the slimming benefits.
[Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the founder and CEO of Healing Gourmet (www.healinggourmet.com), and is editor-in-chief of the Healing Gourmet book series. Learn more about how simple lifestyle choices can improve your health by reading ETR’s free natural health e-letter.]