Fit Food: The Benefits of Garlic

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Fit Food: The Benefits of Garlic

If you’ve been avoiding this cancer-fighting super food, it’s time to buy some breath mints—and go all in.

Sure, you might want to go easy on the garlic before a big date. That's a given. But despite it's wicked rep as a breath killer, you shouldn’t skimp on the vegetable (yes, it is a vegetable) otherwise, and here's why:

  • It could cut your risk of developing gastrointestinal cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute.
  • It has “tons of plant chemicals, like allicin and quercetin, that may be protective against heart disease and inflammation,” says Elisa Zied, R.D. a registered dietician in New York City.
  • It’s a low-fat way to amp up flavor in almost any dish.

Convinced? Get cooking with these five recipes—just remember to stock up on mints.

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