Garlic v’s Toilet Paper.

I know something that is round, white and should have been stockpiled… and it isn’t toilet paper!

If you found yourself tearing desperately to the loo paper aisle recently, you would have run straight past the fresh fruit and veg that would have been much more helpful than a cupboard full of toilet tissue.

I know, you were stockpiling. But potatoes, onions, root vegetables and today’s favorite, garlic, all keep really well or can be preserved. And trust me, when it comes to food or toilet paper – choose food! Growing up, my dad had a saying he rolled out regularly, especially if we weren’t keen on dinner. ‘You know what happens if you don’t eat? If you don’t eat you don’t …,’ anyway, the moral to the story is to choose food. If you don’t, the toilet paper won’t be the issue at hand.

Which brings me to garlic.

Garlic (Allium Sativum) is closely related to the onion, leek, shallot and chive. You can throw this little gem in everything at the moment. Soups, stir fry’s, roast veg, slow cooked roasts and casseroles… in goes the garlic.

The upside of this is that this is the perfect time to overload on this known aromatic gem as no-one is coming to visit. We’re all in isolation.

The downside is… actually, there is no downside. Garlic is amazing!

Garlic has a colorful history. It has been used as a currency, to ward off evil, as an aphrodisiac and to keep away the black plague. It has made vampires and witches tremble, warriors and athletes strong and it was even occasionally used for its health and medicinal properties.

If you break down one clove of garlic, you’ll find manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, selenium and fibre. Aside from these big players, you’ll also find good bits of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorous, iron and vitamin B1.

For those wanting a bit more detail, there’s a great paper titled, ‘Garlic: a review of potential therapeutic effects,’ by Bayan, Koulivand and Gorji. They do most of my work for me…

“Different compounds in garlic are thought to reduce the risk for cardiovascular diseases, have anti-tumor and anti-microbial effects, and show benefit on high blood glucose concentration.”

What this boils down to is that garlic is good. Remember to check with your health practitioner whenever you increase an amount of anything in your diet, especially in this case if you have low blood pressure as it could make it drop lower.

So next time you feel like racing to the toilet paper isle, stop and grab your essentials from the fresh veg section first… then you can go and get the second most important round white grocery item.

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