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 (, 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.]

Kelley Herring

Kelley Herring is the Founder & CEO of Healing Gourmet – a multimedia company that educates on how foods promote health and protect against disease. As a young adult, Kelley battled a debilitating health condition that went misdiagnosed by multiple doctors for more than a year. Finding no help from “modern medicine”, she turned to her own knowledge of biochemistry and her passion for health research. She soon learned that her symptoms were related to nutrition and within weeks, she charted a course back to health with nothing more than simple lifestyle changes and the power of the plate. The lessons she learned spawned the creation of Healing Gourmet. Kelley is a firm believer in vigorous exercise, moderate sun exposure and delicious, healthy, home-cooked meals. She is also the creator of Healing Gourmet’s Personalized Nutrition Software and Editor-in-Chief of the Healing Gourmet book series published by McGraw-Hill including Eat to Fight Cancer, Eat to Beat Diabetes, Eat to Lower Cholesterol and Eat to Boost Fertility.