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Health Science

Study Suggests That Eating Garlic Could Improve Your Memory

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New research says that if you want to maintain a supple memory throughout the years, then you’d better be eating garlic. Not to mention that it has a hand in preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia.

As someone whose greatest fear is perhaps losing my memory, and someone who is forever in love with garlic, this new research is certainly double good news. I personally would not kiss somebody who minded that I’ve just had garlic, but that’s me! A fan of eating garlic through and through.

There are plenty of health benefits for garlic, like antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, the boosting of your immune system, and helping with lowering cholesterol levels and your blood pressure. A new study from the University of Louisville takes the known health benefits even further than this: the results say that eating garlic might change the gut bacteria that have been associated with age-related memory problems.

Mice eating garlic had better memory

So how did this study work? The researchers gave participants oral allyl sulfide, a compound found in garlic, to 2-year old mice – so same biological age as people between 56 and 69 years old. Then they compared these mice to much younger ones, just 4 months old, and mice that were the same age but not taking the supplements.

The mice who did receive the supplement ended up having better memory and healthier gut bacteria than their age peers. The latter showed impaired spatial memory, some intestinal inflammation, but also lower levels of a particular gene that helps with both long-term and short-term memory.

“Our findings suggest that dietary administration of garlic containing allyl sulfide could help maintain healthy gut microorganisms and improve cognitive health in the elderly,” said Jyotirmaya Behera, Ph.D., author of the study.

Of course, this research has to be replicated on a larger scale and on humans but eating garlic in the meantime can most definitely help with flavor and with health. I know I will be taking advantage of that

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Article by Raluca Cristian from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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Grocery Hacks

Will Cooking With Sprouted Garlic Ruin Your Recipe?

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You definitely had the best intentions when you bought that beautiful head of garlic a while back. You were going to surprise the family with some Garlic Lover’s Chicken for Sunday dinner. Or maybe some Linguine with Garlic for your vampire movie marathon. But somehow, they never happened. Now that poor, neglected garlic has sprouted unsightly green shoots. Should you still use the sprouted garlic?

Do the Sniff Test

Rashanda Cobbins, food editor for Taste of Home, says spouted garlic is perfectly safe to consume. In fact, a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that garlic that’s been sprouted for five days has significantly higher antioxidant levels than fresher garlic.

“It’s a personal preference whether or not you utilize spouted garlic cloves in cooking,” Cobbins says.

So what’s a cook to do?

Just like you would sniff and smell other items that have been hanging out in your pantry or fridge, do the same with garlic. If it has an off odor or looks squishy or discolored, simply discard it. Don’t be afraid to give the sprouted garlic a taste, too. Here are 6 more handy tips for identifying spoiled food.

It Might Be Bitter

Even if the cloves look and smell okay, you may have some bitterness issues with the green bits in the garlic.

“Some say sprouted garlic has a sharper, spicier or bitter flavor, although it likely can go undetected in most dishes,” Cobbins says. “If the sprouts are removed and the remainder of the clove used, I believe the bitterness will be undetectable.”

You’ll want to be careful when you’re using the garlic raw or where garlic is prominently flavoring the dish.

Pick the Right Recipe

The bitterness is rarely going to be a plus, but there are recipes where it’ll be a non-issue.

“Most recipes will tolerate it and the flavor likely will not be noticeable. Think pasta sauce, pot roast…things that may simmer for a while for the flavor to mellow out or have other prominent flavors,” Cobbins says.

In Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, for instance, the garlic will be cooked in a slow cooker along with ground beef, onion, tomatoes and seasonings until it’s tender.

For other recipes, where the garlic isn’t cooked for a long period of time (like a quick stir-fry), or a fresh salsa where the garlic will be used raw, you’ll definitely want to purchase a fresh bulb of garlic.

Just make sure you store it in an easy-to-reach place this time—maybe near the wine or the chocolate?

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Article by Cathryn Jakicic from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Hacks Video

How To Peel Garlic In Seconds [HACK]

Peeling garlic can take some time. While the ingredient is crucial to many dishes, and adds robust flavor to many more, it can leave your fingers smelly for the entire day if you spend too much time fumbling with the peeling process.

In YouTuber DaveHax’s latest video, he shows us how to peel garlic in mere seconds while keeping you fingers smelling like nothing at all. A pretty handy hack if you’re trying to shave minutes off your overall cooking time.

All you need is some of those plastic jar grips that are designed to help people open jars. You simply lay your clove of garlic on the grip, roll one end over the other firmly and the skin should slip right out.

The process leaves virtually no mess and perfectly peeled garlic ready to be used in your culinary crusade.

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Features Health Hit-Or-Miss

Some Raw Foods Can Actually Cure Garlic Breath, So Throw Out Your Gum

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There are several things in life that I try to avoid at all costs.

These things include ex-boyfriends, adulthood, responsibilities and any type offood that makes your breath smell like shit.

Yes, I’m looking at you, garlic.

I mean, let’s be real: I think we can all agree having bad breath is not cute, especially when the garlic-induced odor seeping from your mouth is strong enough to repel a small army of vampires.

To make matters even worse, garlic is like the stage-five clinger of foods.

Once you cross paths with these cursed cloves, there’s basically no amount of gum or toothpaste on the face of the planet that can rid your mouth of that lingering stench.

But before you say goodbye to your favorite garlic-filled foods, you’ll be glad to know there might be a way you can stuff your face with garlic bread and not torture the people around you with your offensive breath.

That’s right, researchers at Ohio State University finally found a cure for your unbearable garlic breath.

In the study, the researchers made participants chew three grams of softneck garlic cloves for 25 seconds. Then the subjects were given either water, an apple, lettuce, mint or green tea.

The scientists then looked at the level of volatiles responsible for the foul odor on the subjects’ breath.

Apparently, those who chewed raw mint leaves had the lowest level of volatiles. Therefore, they had the least offensive breath.

Chewing on raw apple or raw lettuce also seemed to lessen the garlic-induced volatiles by more than half, compared to drinking water.

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Consuming an apple or mint in juiced form and an apple or lettuce in heated form also seemed to result in a lower level of volatiles, but not as much as the same foods in raw form.

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Green tea, on the other hand, proved to be a pretty useless cure when it came to freshening the subjects’ stinky breath.

But what makes some foods better at masking this offensive odor than others?

Apparently, it all has to do with how foods interact with your gross garlic breath.

Researchers determined that raw foods contain enzymes that eradicate the odor, while the phenolic compounds found in raw and cooked foods wipe out the smelly volatiles.

So, there you have it. Thanks to science, you can now go forth and shamelessly shovel garlicky pasta into your mouth without suffering the smelly consequences.

Just make sure you keep a stash of raw mint leaves on you at all times to chew on afterward.

Written by Kaylin Pound | Elite Daily 

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Features Hit-Or-Miss

5 Ways To Get Rid Of Smelly Garlic Fingers

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We’ve all worked with garlic in the kitchen before. While an incredibly delicious and essential ingredient, the tiny onion (yes, it’s an onion) tends to leave your hands smelling pretty bad long after you put down the cutting board.

As you may know, soap does pretty much nothing and the smell can linger for the rest of the day unless the appropriate action is taken.

If you want to make sure your hands smell the freshest they could possibly be after mincing, smashing, peeling, or pureeing some garlic, check out these fives ways to get rid of that odor from your fingers.

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Stainless Steel

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Stainless steel is one of the most popular ways to get the garlic smell out of the way without wasting any other food resources. Rubbing your fingers, after handling garlic, on the flat side of a knife or the inside of your sink works.

We recommend the inside of a sink or even your faucet. That way, there’s less of a chance that you’ll accidentally cut yourself.

Lemon Juice

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It’s always a good idea to keep some lemon wedges around when in the kitchen. After working with garlic, squeeze a generous amount on your fingers and rub them together. You’ll get the smell off in no time.

The only downside is if you happen to accidentally cut yourself when working with the un-peeled cloves. Then it’s gonna burn.

Coffee Grounds

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There’s nothing like waking up to the aroma of fresh coffee brewing in the morning. So if you can’t get your hands to stop smelling like garlic, maybe you can get them to smell like something else more pleasant.

Coffee grounds can also exfoliate your skin, helping get rid of the garlic funk quicker. Just dunk your fingers in some excess grounds and rub them around for a minute before rinsing them off.

Salt

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Think of it as washing your hands with soap and water. Once finished with the garlic, apply a generous amount of salt to your hands and scrub them diligently. The smell should disappear as you rinse your hands with warm water. Like the lemon juice, however, make sure you don’t have any fresh cuts to your hands before adding the salt.

You can also wear gloves when working with garlic, but where’s the fun in that.

Tomato Juice

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A common solution when getting skunked, the bright-red liquid that comes from the tomato can work wonders when trying to get rid of unwanted odors. If you’re in a pinch, soak your hands in some tomato juice for a few minutes until the smell dissipates from your fingers.

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Recipes

How To Make Cheesy Herb Baked Chicken

It’s safe to say a fair amount of us are getting exhausted of deep-fried culture. Not that we’re sick of it, just that we should probably eat something that’s not submerged in boiling oil every once in a while. Foodbeast Family member Clean Eats created a Cheesy Herb Baked Chicken that you don’t have to deep-fry and it looks amazing.

All you need are some herbs, garlic, yogurt, cheese, tomatoes and chicken breast. The full list of ingredients can be found in the video.

Start by throwing your fresh herbs in a blender along with your garlic and olive oil. Then, combine your herb paste with some yogurt to get a creamy texture. Lay your chicken breast into a baking tray. Spread your herbs generously over the raw chicken and top them with your tomato and cheese.

Bake your chicken for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.

Once it’s done, all you have to do is prepare to cut into your cheesy herb chicken. No deep-frying required.

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How To Make PBR Sriracha Garlic Cheese Pretzel Bites

It’s the simple things in life that really count. Dogs walking on their hind legs, carrots that are shaped like people, pretzel bites… If only there was an option to live on pretzel bites for the rest of eternity! If such an option existed, that’d be it. End of story. We’d all be riding off into the sunset on giant pretzel bites, and the rest of our days would be spent playing “Chubby Bunny,” only we’d use pretzel bites instead of marshmallows.

Though, one should really only accept this option if that lifetime supply of pretzel bites was provided by none other than Jack Scalfani. You know him as the guy from “Cooking With Jack” on YouTube, but we know him as the guy who made our dreams come true with his recipe for PBR Sriracha Garlic Cheese Pretzel Bites.

Not only are the intensely delicious, but you can actually make them for yourself, no problem! Just check out his step-by-step video above, and refer to the recipe below. Once you master these on your own, it’s pretty much like you just earned yourself a lifetime supply of pretzel bites. You’ll be able to make and take them anywhere you like, anytime—a sneaky snack for the movies, a lil’ somethin-somethin’ to hold you over until dinner… you know the deal.

Now go saddle up on a giant pretzel bite and ride into the sunset.

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PBR Sriracha Garlic Cheese Pretzel Bites

PBR Sriracha Garlic Cheese

1 c PBR beer

1 lb extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp dry mustard powder

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp Sriracha Hot Sauce

1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Pretzel Bites

4 tsp. active dry yeast

1 tsp. white sugar

1 1/4 cups warm water

5 c flour

1/2 c white sugar

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1/2 c baking soda

4 c hot water

1/4 c kosher salt (topping)

1) Pour beer into a bowl and whisk until beer loses its carbonation, about 30 seconds. Set aside.

2) Place shredded cheese into the work bowl of a food processor; add garlic, dry mustard powder, black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, salt, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and flat beer.

3) Process until smooth and creamy, pulsing a few times, scraping the sides, and blending for about 2 total minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. If adding more seasoning, pulse a few times to mix.

4) Spoon small dollops of cheese onto parchment paper or Chocolate molds. Freeze solid.

5) Dissolve active dry yeast and 1 tsp. of white sugar into 1 1/4 cup warm water. Let sit for about 10 minutes, until creamy.

6) In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center and add oil and yeast mixture. Mix together to form a dough, adding a small amount of water if dry. Knead for about 7-8

minutes. Lightly oil large bowl and turn the dough inside the bowl to coat with the oil. Cover and let rise

until doubled, about an hour.

7) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Dissolve baking soda in hot water in a casserole

dish (or large bowl).

8) When risen, place dough on a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope the cut rope into 1 inch pieces.

9) Roll each 1 inch piece into a ball. Make indention with finger and insert cheese bit into indention. Seal up the ball around the cheese.

10) Dip each stuffed pretzel into the baking soda solution and then place on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt or cinnamon/sugar.

11) Bake in a preheated oven for about 7-8 minutes, or until browned.

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Fast Food

Burger King’s Latest Cheeseburger Is Extra Long And Drenched In Butter

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For the last year, Burger King has really been hyping their Extra-long Cheeseburgers. So far there’s been the Original, the Extra Long Fish Sandwich and even an Extra Long Sriracha Cheeseburger. Now, BK’s latest variant includes a familiar component.

The Extra Long Buttery Cheeseburger will feature a buttery garlic sauce for each of the two beef patties, Brand Eating reports. The long burger also features onions, iceberg lettuce, ketchup, mayonnaise and American cheese on a toasted hoagie bun.

Seems surprisingly similar to the Jack in the Box concept “The Buttery Jack” that’s been promoted by Jack this past year.

Patrons can get their butter-loving hands on this burger for about $3.50 or as part of the 2 for $5 value deal if they feel like having another sandwich at a discount.

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