Garlic is not good for you. I mean, how can something so …vile actually be good for you?
And yet, there are almost no savory recipes without garlic nowadays!
Really, try and find one.
Maybe you never noticed it because you are fine with cooking with garlic, eating it, and having its aroma exude from your body and your home. (wait, is this offensive to garlic lovers? I apologize!)
There are almost no savory recipes that don’t call for at least a clove of garlic. They even add it to perfectly nice, fresh salad dressings. They flavor chips and crisps with it. They add it to soups.
Restaurants reek of it.
Kids come to school with the previous night’s garlic dinner on their morning breaths. And their parents go to work smelling the same.
And they don’t even notice it anymore because…everyone is doing it.
Its distinctive scent aside, depending on the quantity (and most cooks seem to be generous with it), garlic overrides the flavor of other tastes in food.
We praise its healing properties; some people even eat it raw; they pop those cloves like pills. I have even spotted shampoos and remedies made of garlic. It is recommended for almost every ailment. Just add more garlic. Help!
I Am Not a Vampire, But…
I am sensitive to garlic in more ways than one.
My body rejects it (it makes me feel sick for several days after consuming it)
I can’t stand its smell, on other people, in meals, in the air.
Still, when I (accidentally) ingest it, I think I smell more than other people, probably because my body, being sensitive to something so toxic, works hard to get rid of it. (other bodies, perhaps being more accustomed to the attacks, akin to smoker vs non-smokers inhaling cigarette smoke)
The other day I came back from a restaurant, where I enjoyed what transpired to be a garlicky meal, and my son said, “I wish I could hug you, but you… don’t smell so good.”
You see, we don’t consume onion or garlic in our family, meaning that we are not desensitized to how horribly it smells.
I used to eat garlic in food and suffer the consequences until I became more aware of my body’s needs and wants through yoga and Ayurveda.
You see, traditionally, ayurvedic recipes do not have garlic in them. Unfortunately, all the new ayurvedic cookbooks seem to override that.
My intolerance to garlic culminated during my last pregnancy when I could not even endure a whiff of garlic without at least a dry heave attack.
And I am not even a vampire.
Garlic Is Not Good for You
While I will share some awesome discoveries I found when I searched for ‘garlic is not good for you’, this is not a research paper (I am filing this under category Opinions)
Additionally, who can compete against all those ‘garlic is superfood’ posts and articles that are everywhere?
But, while garlic apparently does have some health benefits, many seem to be overstated or plain wrong.
But let me ask you this, would you really ever consume something so repugnant if you didn’t know what it was and encountered it in nature?
Nevertheless, we seem to be on the verge of overconsuming it.
Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation
I will quote some interesting finds from this article on toxicity of garlic by Andreas Moritz for your information. (you don’t see many anti-garlic articles out there)
I also recommend his awesome book:
You do not find many references in Ayurvedic medicine for medicinal properties of Ayurveda except that it does have an anti-bacterial effect. It is more often recommended to plant garlic in the fields to prevent mosquitoes and other insects from flying in and eating up the crops. So, in that sense, garlic definitely has a major use. But it should, in my opinion, not be used for food. That’s why everybody type reacts to it; it is not really good for any of the body types. The only body type that can cope with garlic, more than others, are the Kapha body types. They have a thick skin and thick intestinal lining. So it is less likely for them to get serious damage, unlike the vata type, who has a very thin intestinal lining. Vata types are more likely to get injured by garlic. And the pitta body types can get inflammation in the intestine if they eat too much garlic, especially the raw form
Garlic burns; it literally can burn little holes through the lining of the intestines. Also, it can certainly penetrate the mucus lining and make its way through into the intestinal wall, where it can burn little holes that eventually can lead to perforations, if you eat it too often. And that is the part where they already have been eaten or damaged. So particularly people who have leaky gut, where the toxins already escape from the intestines and move into the bloodstream, should be extra careful. This is because garlic should not really be in the blood.
If it Is Not Good For My Cat…
And to top it all off, while writing this post, I received a Readwise daily email with this quote I underlined years ago when I read this book.
Well, if it is not good for cats (and dogs), surely, it can’t be good for us.
And here are Sadhguru’s two pennies on the topic:
Note: Alliumphobia is fear of garlic. It is telling that there is such a phobia!
Tell me, are your favorite recipes made with garlic?