Black garlic is often thought to be a fermented product, but this is not so. The process involves no microbial action of any kind and is instead brought about through the Maillard reaction, which involves steeping white garlic bulbs in a humidity-controlled environment for 30 days at a temperature of between 140 and 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
Black garlic’s health benefits derive from the plant’s high concentrations of sulfurous compounds, like s-allycysteine (SAC), which derives from the amino acid cysteine and may help lower levels of cholesterol.
• A positive impact on blood pressure and circulation.
• Lowered cholesterol levels.
• SAC inhibits cholesterol synthesis, according to a study by Pennsylvania State University.
• Offers protection against infections as a natural antibiotic.
Black garlic has a distinctly Asian sweet and savory quality. Its texture is tender and somewhat jelly-like. The really good news is that it leaves no smell behind. Making it a great addition to a meal (or snack) since it won’t cause bad breath. You can also purchase black garlic in the form of a supplement.
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