When you are about 7 years old and you over hear the ambulance driver say about your Mother... "Doesn't look like she's gonna make it", (not knowing you are her child), those few words will change your life, forever. When Mom finally comes home and says "No more salt!" That's it. No more salt. She never had another heart attack and was never on any heart or blood pressure medication. Always had low blood pressure. She just got up a little earlier (about an hour) to get awake and get going in the mornings.
I believe this is where my passion for helping people beat the salt habit comes from. I've been cooking salt free all my life and have learned quite a lot of tips and tricks along the way.
Having good health, especially a good healthy heart, is not just about not doing certain things. Eliminating salt or at least lowering your sodium intake, is an important first step. It's also about adding to your diet certain foods that can help your heart. My first suggestion is to add garlic, especially fresh garlic to your diet. Besides adding flavor, garlic is well known for fighting heart disease and more. The benefits are huge. My brother Randy used to say..."A clove a day keeps the doctor away, 2 cloves keep the bugs at bay, 3 cloves keeps everybody away."
Dr Perricone lists garlic as his #2 Superfood. He lists some of garlic's health benefits:
So what is it in garlic that is so good for you? Garlic has been used medicinally, as well as in cooking for centuries. Many books have been written about garlic. Nicknamed "the stinking rose" it has many health benefits. A member of the lily or Allium family, which also includes onions, leeks and chives, garlic is rich in a variety of powerful sulfur-bearing compounds including thiosulfinates (of which the best known compound is allicin). Recent studies have found allicin to be the magic ingredient creating the most health benefits. Sulfoxides (among which the best known compound is alliin), and dithiins (in which the most researched compound is ajoene). While these compounds are responsible for garlic's well known pungent odor, they are also the source of most of garlic's health benefits. In addition, garlic is an excellent source of manganese, a very good source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C, a good source of selenium and more.
Elephant garlic is larger and has larger cloves, so it is easier to work with. It is more closely related to the leek and therefore does not offer the full health benefits of regular garlic.
How you purchase, store, prepare and cook garlic, makes a difference in the flavor and the health benefits.
I love garlic both for the health benefits and for it's flavor. You might have noticed, all of the seasonings have garlic in them. The amounts are different, with Supreme having the most garlic and Table Tasty having the least amount which is none. Most of our recipes have fresh garlic in them. Some of you may say, "I don't like garlic." This is up to you, your decision. I am trying to help you get more flavor into your food without salt and to help you by sharing information for a healthier heart, which affects everything. Garlic does that. Finally, something that you can eat that tastes good and is good for you. How great is that?
A bulb of garlic is called a head or a whole head of garlic.
Each of the wedges is called a clove of garlic or a garlic clove.
1 clove of garlic = a teaspoon. 3 cloves = a tablespoon.
A roasted head of garlic makes about a tablespoon.
Table Tasty Dip Recipe with Fresh Garlic or Roasted Garlic
Folks on a low sodium diet don't need to feel left out of the holiday celebrations.
Yes, this is a really tasty salt free dip. This recipe is in our cookbook
Quick Table Tasty Dip Stir Table Tasty into the sour cream and let set a few minutes, stir again and serve. (About 1 - 2 Tablespoons to 1 pint 16 oz. of sour cream)
*There is a newer soy based (non dairy sour cream) by Tofutti called Sour Supreme, available at Trader Joe's
** IMO is a non dairy sour cream available in most supermarkets
In my next newsletter I’ll tell you about an eye opening moment that many of you will relate to. Plus I'll tell you three ways to roast garlic including my new favorite way.
I hope this information is helpful to you and that you will start including more garlic in your heart healthy diet.
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