[Functional Food] Garlic – Crushing It…to Increase Health Benefits!

August 16, 2021

Crushing it –to increase garlic’s health benefits

  • Crushing or chopping garlic releases an enzyme called alliinase, which converts alliin into allicin. Let the garlic stand for at least 10 minutes after crushing to activate enzymes prior cooking.
  • Allicin has been found to suppress the growth of cancer cells.
  • Allicin stays intact for about two days after it is crushed. Buying fresh garlic!

Recipe: Garlic Aioli

Aioli is a great dip for the fresh and crispy veggie stick or spreads over your sandwich.


  • 20ml of olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 6oz of plain low fat Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp of honey
  • ¼ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp of salt
  • 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400oF;
  2. Place on an aluminum foil and drizzle lightly with 5ml olive oil and wrap up the foil;
  3. Place in the oven and roast for 45 minutes. Set aside to cool completely. Once cool, gently loosen and remove the skin;
  4. Combine garlic, remaining olive oil, yoghurt, lemon juice, honey, mustard, salt and cayenne pepper in a large bowl;
  5. Pulse gently with an immersion blender until smooth and creamy.


A single food on its own is unlikely to make a major difference. It needs to be as part of a varied and healthy balanced diet to provide health benefits.