I put garlic in everything, says Maxine Siegel, R.D., a dietitian and head of Consumer Reports food-testing lab. You can use it to spice up a healthy dish without having to add any salt. Just make sure to use fresh garlic instead of garlic salt, which will boost the sodium levels. How to Get the Most Out of Garlic Choose the freshest bulbs. Look for plump bulbs with tight skin that isnt frayed, loose, dried out, or moldy. Sprouting, too, is a sign of age. The fresher the garlic, the higher the concentration of its active ingredients, Budoff explains. Though garlic can keep for months, he says its best to eat it within a week. If you go longer than that,” he says, “you can end up with something thats deactivated. Store it right. Keep garlic in a cool, dark place with good ventilation to prevent it from getting moldy or from sprouting. Chop it for your health. Chopping , slicing, or smashing garlic triggers an enzyme reaction that increases its healthful compounds.
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