How much minced garlic is one clove? Garlic varies in sizes so does a clove, so answer to the question is not that easy. Garlic may be of different sizes; they may be very small or very large too.
WHAT IS GARLIC?
Garlic is a member of onion family with a binomial name Allium sativum. It is available in every season all around the world and can easily be grown. Garlic is used as a flavoring agent in almost all the dishes because of its taste and aroma.
Green garlic (young garlic) is an immature form of garlic with long green leaves and a small white bulb.
WHAT IS GARLIC CLOVE?
Garlic is divided into 10-20 segments which are known as cloves. Each garlic clove is enclosed in a thin, white-purple layer (skin).
Minced garlic is actually crushed form of garlic. We can use several ways to mince garlic cloves. One of those recipes is:
• After separating each chunk or segment (clove) of garlic, cut both ends of garlic clove.
• Place the flat side of knife on clove and put a light pressure to crush it.
• Peel off the thin layer from the clove.
• In last, mince it into small pieces through knife.
Garlic can also be minced through “grater” by using the same method to grate cheese and carrots.
“Garlic press” is also used to mince garlic. Place peeled garlic clove in this tools and press it. Minced form of garlic will be forces out through its small pores.
WHEN TO MINCE GARLIC?
Minced garlic last up to a week if put in the airtight bottle in the refrigerator or else it will change its color and flavor. When garlic is crushed, it starts releasing enzymes which reacts with sulfur, naturally occurring element in garlic. This reaction turns it green or blue and sometimes also affects its flavor. So, it is best to use fresh minced garlic in any dish.
HOW MUCH MINCED GARLIC IS ONE CLOVE?
An average sized clove of garlic is equal to half a teaspoon of minced garlic and 2 cloves of garlic equals one teaspoon. 1 teaspoon is around 5 mL. In this way, 3 cloves comprise of 1 tablespoon of minced garlic. 1 tablespoon equals to 3 teaspoon.
NUTRITION IN GARLIC
Garlic is highly nutritious. Garlic is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and magnesium. It also consist calcium, potassium, iron and some other minerals which are essential for health of well beings.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GARLIC
Everything in this world has its own importance. Just like other fruits and vegetables, garlic has some major benefits. In the ancient era, study shows that garlic was mainly used as a purpose of health and medicines due to the presence of sulfur, diallyl disulfide and s-allyl cysteine.
Some of the important benefits of garlic are described below:
REDUCTION OF BLOOD PRESSURE:
Garlic improves blood pressure rate. High blood pressure or hypertension leads to many threatening diseases, so it is important to maintain it before it threatens to health. Garlic for such disorders proves to be the best and effective cure.
CURE OF COMMON COLD:
This is the most common commutative disease. Adding garlic in food or by drinking some garlic tea (with a touch of honey or lemon to increase some flavor) helps to prevent and reduce the chances of common illness like flu, cough, and common cold and make the immune system strong.
The term dementia refers to memory loss. This leads to Alzheimer’s attacks. Garlic with its antioxidant property protects against cell damage. This may lower the risk of Alzheimer disease and dementia.
LOWER THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE:
Garlic contains proportionate amount of Allicin, which is an anti-oxidant agent. This helps to lower cholesterol level which is one of the major causes of stroke and heart attack. Allicin in garlic starts losing its medicinal properties when garlic is cooked, so it is better to consume raw or fresh garlic.
FOR SKIN AND HAIR:
Hair and skin enhance the beauty of a person. Garlic protects the skin from free radicles and has anti-aging property. Garlic also provides relief against fungal infections. By massaging minced garlic extract on scalp prevent hair loss and make them thick.
Major cause of acne is impure blood. Garlic has amazing purifying property which removes all the impurity from blood, making skin acne free and glowing.
IMPROVE BONE HEALTH:
A few studies show that garlic increases estrogen levels in menopausal women. So, the daily dose of dry garlic extract will minimize the bone loss and make them strong. Reduction in bone mass may cause osteoporosis and fractures.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):
What happens if our body consume excess amount of garlic?
We can see a large plenty of garlic’s benefits but adding it too much in diet may cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, bad breath, allergic reactions for example skin rashes and asthma attacks.
Is it safe to eat uncooked garlic?
Garlic is commonly consumed cooked but it is better to eat it as raw. Many nutrients lose its benefits after being cooked.
The answer to the question; how much minced garlic is one clove, is quite difficult because of clove’s variation in sizes. It can be minced easily but its minced form does not last longer. Garlic is very beneficial herb containing variety of nutrients and used for various purposes, along with benefits its excess use can lead to several disorders. So, it is necessary to have an adequate amount of garlic.