How To Eat Raw Garlic (And Why!)

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How To Eat Raw Garlic (And Why!)How To Eat Raw Garlic (And Why!)
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Garlic is regarded as having many health benefits. [1] It strengthens your immune system and it is also thought to help prevent fungal and bacterial vaginal infections because it releases a compound called Allicin, a natural antibiotic. It also regulates blood sugar is thought to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and may have anti-cancer effects!

One of the most interesting – and lesser known – things about garlic is that the way it is prepared greatly affects the availability of the various healing components. Two of garlic’s component molecules – alliin and alliinase – are present in fresh garlic but stored in different cells. Crushing the garlic causes a reaction in about ten seconds that creates allicin – a potent animicrobial and antifungal. However allicin is unstable and degrades completely within a day, or perhaps longer if refrigerated. Allicin is also destroyed by heat. Crushing the cloves, then eating the garlic raw within the next few minutes, will provide the greatest benefits. [2]

Related: Growing, Harvesting, And Storing Garlic

However not many people want to just crunch down garlic cloves on their own. Way too intense. So you’ll need some recipes that enable you to handle your quota of raw garlic. 🙂 We have found a great video by Mensacyclist that gives some great ideas for ways to consume raw garlic.

Here are some more ideas:

Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Boil a few potatoes and mash them. Add butter, milk/cream, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper (there’s no exact measurements, just use these according to preference). Finely chop a few sprigs of parsley and mix it into the potato mixture. Let it cool. Meanwhile, finely mince or crush / chop 2-3 cloves of garlic. Once the mashed potatoes are cooled, mix in the minced garlic. Enjoy!

Garlic Pesto – In a food processor, combine 2 cups of fresh basil with 1/2 cup of pine nuts and give it a few pulses. Add 3-5 medium-sized garlic cloves (add more if you want it to be super garlicky), and 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese. Pulse a few times more. Continue to work the food processor while you slowly add 1/2 cup of olive oil. Add it in a constant stream. Stop to scrape down the sides, add salt and pepper to taste (I like mine extra spicy so I add a little bit of cayenne pepper) and give it a few more pulses to combine all of the flavors. If you want to balance out the flavor, you can also put a bit of honey. Pour the pesto on slightly cooled chicken or pasta and enjoy! *This recipe makes about a cup of pesto*

Okay, here is the video:



[2] “Herbal Constituents” – Lisa Ganora (p.104)

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  • By Shawna, December 18, 2013 @ 5:40 am

    Just chop it up into pill size and swallow it, throw it to the back of your throught like you would a pill, take a drink of water and swallow. Its the easiest way and your mouth isn’t over powered by the intensity of the garlic.

  • By Donna-maree, December 18, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    Another way you can eat raw garlic is to mix it with Avocado. Yummy. You can then eat with crackers or on toast or even use it instead of butter/margarine

  • By nargiz, December 18, 2013 @ 6:39 am

    juist swallow it whole doesnt smell that way

  • By Sandy, December 18, 2013 @ 6:52 am

    HAVE YOU TRIED PICKLED GARLIC ? It takes about six weeks to make but well worth it, Look up Rosemary Gladstars recipe from her herb book…. love the stuff you can eat the cloves whole…delish no burn…..

  • By Melissa, December 18, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    I have also read that you can finely puree the cloves and mix it with honey, the honey gives an extra boost to combating against ailment and makes this easier for children to take as well, just make sure that it is good quality, local honey.

  • By D, December 18, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    In bruschetta!

  • By Kelly, December 18, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    Another great way to enjoy raw garlic is to mix it with a bowl of yogurt better if full fat it would be tastier.. Add a Pinckney of salt and some finely chopped fresh mint. It tastes sooo yum!

  • By Jennie Mohamed, December 18, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    you can chop it up how you did (Blend 8-9 cloves in a food processor) and add some fish sauce and lime and salt (MSG optional) and eat it with chicken

  • By Robin, December 18, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    Ill juice one clove every day with my wheatgrass juice

  • By Ethel, December 18, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    If you want the fullest benefit of the garlic, it must be crushed/chopped and left to oxidize for 10 minutes. It allows the allicin reaction to occur. I agree that it is wonderful for colds, and I have found that the longer you chew it, the sweeter it becomes. My fav go-to when coming down with a cold is to toast a slice of bread, spread it with hot pepper jelly and the crushed garlic. Mmm, mmm….personally, I find it delicious. Now, what I would like some input on is…how to rid yourself of garlic breath? I chew a good palmful of dried basil, move it all around my mouth and then rinse, followed by a thorough brushing. Any other ideas?

  • By Rae, December 18, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

    Here is a drink you can do as well. 8 ounces V8 juice, garlic, ginger, fresh squeeze lemon and worchestire sauce. Add all to blender and drink 2x day. No measurements, just to taste, everything heavy though. Enjoy! Your cold will be gone soon.

  • By Angel, December 18, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    I have a garlic press…I just add it into soups sauces everything…mixes well and tastes great…

  • By Sheila hardwick, December 18, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    I put peanut butter on crackers–bite of garlic-bite of bp. The bp takes the “bite” away from the cheeks.

  • By Justin, December 18, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    Fermented garlic (commonly called black garlic) adds to its nutritional value and turns it as candy with a light smoky finish. Easy to ferment yourself as well.

  • By Mariana, December 18, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    It depends what I’m eating it with. I can bite directly from the clove or a smash it in a grinding mortar, put a pinch of salt and I drip olive oil while I’m stirring it. It’s coming out like a mayonnaise. I add water or even better a smashed grilled tomato. Then I use it with fish, meat, veggies or on a slice of toast instead of butter. You can add lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, wine, honey…use your imagination. As long as you have the “mayonnaise” everything will be ok.

  • By Janet, December 18, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

    I put some garlic and honey in with my smoothies. You can still taste the garlic, but not so bad!!!

  • By mary, December 18, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    Garlic capsules work well too. And pickled garlic is good – nice and crunchy, no after taste or smell. And if it doesn’t work for a cold then it’s time for Pau d’Arco and/or Gotu Kola and/or whatever knocks out viruses and fungi.

  • By Jan, December 18, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    2 or more cloves of garlic, chrushed in a glas, poor hot milk over and drink while hot.

    OR: 2 cloves crushed, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 tablespoon honey.

  • By Ted, December 18, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

    Does it have to be raw to heal? I like to toast whole cloves in the toaster oven drizzled with butter or olive oil. Does it lose all medicinal properties when toasted?

  • By Sherry Jackson, December 19, 2013 @ 2:06 am

    I simply press a fresh clove into a small glass of orange juice in the morning and drink it up. Love it!! Best way I found to have it. Be sure to take a pinch of fresh parley and chew it up and swish it down with a bit of water, to kick the odor so that people will still be able to stand to talk to you or stand next to you that day.

  • By Anna, December 19, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    I love spinach artichoke dip. But sometimes it’s blah, I am thinking some finely chopped garlic might make the dip tasty. Worth a try.

  • By Sofia, December 19, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    Here’s my nightly garlic recipe – Squeeze half a lemon into a small bowl and take out the seeds. Chop 2 garlic cloves and let them sit for 10 to 15 min (this releases the medicinal qualities). Then add them to the lemon juice. Then add to the mixture raw honey, Cayenne pepper and a tablespoon of extra virgin, organic coconut oil. Mix and swallow (not chew). Enjoy the health benefits!

  • By Karinna, December 19, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    I also eat raw garlic with organic peanut butter — delicious!

  • By Rachelle, December 20, 2013 @ 6:27 am

    Also add raw garlic to an avocado with some lemon juice pepper cayenne & maybe some herbs or tomato- guacamole!

  • By jack, January 7, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    blend 200g roasted peanuts pinch of salt,20g corriander leaves and 4-6cloves garlic and eat with wrap.roti,or toasted bread.

  • By Jane wreden, January 7, 2014 @ 11:21 am

    I eat garlic with honey 3times a day

  • By Lisa, January 7, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

    I like to add gobs of fresh garlic, or better yet, fresh squeezed garlic (as in garlic juice) to my guacamole until it is very spicey, and that taste’s great to me with lots of salt.

  • By Mrs. G, January 7, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

    I just serve it up with a piece of cheese, one bite raw garlic, one bite cheese,the cheese tames the mighty pungency and stinggg! Yum Yum! You won’t get that feeling that your head is going to blow off either lol!

  • By ophelia, January 16, 2014 @ 8:57 am

    Is there anyway to NOT TO HAVE the garlic REEKING out of your pores later on or the following day.. I am sick & have been going on 2 wks w extremely a lot of conjestion & insane coughing spells, but no sore throat. Just a lot of backpain from coughing….oh yeah I also have broken tytanium rods in my back from a auto accident in 2000…please any suggestions to get rid of this cold..& NOT TO STICK FROM THE GARLIC. THANK YOU

  • By Jessica, January 19, 2014 @ 7:34 am

    Ophelia! Try this!

    Wellness shot!
    1″ ginger
    1 lemon
    Shot of water ran through juicer
    1tbs raw honey
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/8 tsp cayenne

    If you don’t have a juicer that crushes but instead cuts. You can use a garlic press for the ginger and a citrus squeezer for the lemon.
    Also!! Google ‘Oil pulling’ I LOVE garlic but the smell is offensive when you are trying to have a conversation. This method takes care of the unpleasant odor!! Sesame seed oil is my personal favorite as I feel it’s the most effective.

  • By George Powell, January 22, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

    I eat three cloves of pickled garlic ever day. Delicious!

  • By Rina, January 22, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

    Crush one clove of garlic with the back of a small paring knife. Then chop it up. Set a timer for 10-12 minutes. Come back and swallow the small pieces with a glass of water. You won’t taste anything but WILL gain all the benefits of pure fresh garlic. Do this every other day for immune health and intestinal parasite control. Then follow this by chewing two whole cloves to clean your breath. Plus the cloves will kill parasite eggs. Email me at if you have any questions. Rina

  • By Evone, January 29, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

    You can blend garlic with a can of chick peas, or cook a whole eggplant in oven til done then cool, peel and blend with fresh garlic oil and spices of your choice. you can blend garlic with anchovies and spread it on home maid pizza dough. There are so many ways to eat Garlic !

  • By Sue Young, February 7, 2014 @ 11:53 am

    I buy & eat Garlic Cloves marinated in Olive Oil. So good & very good for you.

  • By Phyllis, February 7, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

    When we were young children my dad used to bake potatoes ..he would smash lots of garlic and add it to butter and open the potatoe and squeeze it then add the butter and garlic. This was for colds. The next day we got sen-sen to take to school

  • By Lois, February 28, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

    I love garlic in melted butter, use bread to dip in it.

  • By Mark Nicol, March 3, 2014 @ 6:28 am

    I use it all the time in cooking and eat it raw with milk,the romans used for over 25 illnessess

  • By Krystyna, March 3, 2014 @ 6:30 am

    I just cut the clove up and eat it piece by piece chewing it slowly. I kinda like the burn. 🙂

  • By satish kumar, March 3, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

    Daily Crush 6 cloves of garlic to paste. Smear garlic paste on one side spinach leaf, Roll it and Cut into your swallow-able size. (You can use any leaf of your choice and just dip the leaf in hot water for a couple of minutes as it allows smooth travelling through the throat). By this method, you don’t chew garlic as you swallow it and your mouth does’nt smell. By the way, spinach is too healthy for body.

  • By Jolene, March 7, 2014 @ 6:31 am

    Just remember… garlic is a blood thinner. If on anticoagulation therapy, don’t overdo. If eating a lot of garlic your physician should be consulted on how it affects your pro time (lab).

  • By geena george, March 7, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

    Hi,here is another way…take a fresh lettuce leaf.spread some soya padte above that and keep 1or 2 garlic sliced on it and add any of ur favourite piece of boiled chicken or fish or meat or anything that u like and make a roll and have it…chrck ur cholesterol after one month…if u eat it twice daily then much better….

  • By Jeanne, April 9, 2014 @ 4:07 am

    Two ways I love to eat raw garlic – I mince it and mix it with avocado, along with some sea salt & black pepper. Delicious! You can also add some red pepper. I also love to mix raw, minced garlic with cottage cheese and a little black pepper. Yum!

  • By Annabelle, April 19, 2014 @ 6:25 pm

    I do the same as Shawna, chop it up and swallow down with water. No odor or garlic breath and it’s raw! I cook everyday with fresh garlic too, at least one meal a day. Love it!!!

  • By Prapa, June 10, 2014 @ 6:36 pm

    I put lots of garlic in my green papaya salad. Talk about ultimate, maximum benefits!

  • By Ali, August 5, 2014 @ 4:43 pm

    i chew raw garlic, with peanut butter and couple of cardimon it remove the bad breath

  • By francis, January 2, 2015 @ 12:44 pm

    I have it with my cereal mixed with banana and raisings

  • By Rich, April 4, 2015 @ 11:55 pm

    For daily maintenance, smash or chop one clove of garlic and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Mix it with a tablespoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon or more of raw honey, then eat it.

  • By cari, August 12, 2015 @ 12:50 am

    I just pop one or 2 cloves, chew until I feel the burn & chase it with the nearest beverage, usually just water. when i was preggos it gave me heart burn to eat it like that so instead I place the crushed garlic in capsules & swallowed them 3-4 at a time 2 times a day.

  • By George Powell, September 3, 2015 @ 5:40 am

    i eat pickled garlic. It feels like it is raw (crunchy), but the pickling seems to tone down the hot, burning sensation of pure, unpickled garlic. Does the pickling process impact its value as a health food?

  • By George Powell, September 3, 2015 @ 5:45 am

    i read somewhere to maximize the benefits of garlic, one needs to let the crushed up/mashed garlic stand fo ten minutes. Any one else have experience with this ?

  • By George Powell, September 3, 2015 @ 5:48 am

    i read somewhere to maximize the benefits of garlic, one needs to let the crushed up/mashed garlic stand fo ten minutes. Any one else have experience with this? Also, I just eat pickled garlic. It crunches like its raw, but doesn’t have the hot, burning sensation. Does anyone know if pickling affects garlic’s benefits adversely?

  • By dot, November 19, 2015 @ 12:49 pm

    TATZIKI: Minced garlic and cucumber in greek or turkish yogurt w/ olive oil and fresh dill. Tiny pinch of sea salt and black pepper. SO easy to make. DELICIOUS, plus all the great benefits of RAW. Have as a side, on toast/crackers, or use as perfect/cool topping on a favorite hot or cold dish (that could use an extra ‘kick’). Alwayss a summertime delight, and great year round.

  • By Carol, January 7, 2016 @ 1:30 am

    My husband buts garlic in the one cup bullet blender cup with some orange juice and a little water and makes it into a drink and sometimes he ads a little hunny with it as well and it could be any kind of juice you want it to be.

  • By Karen, January 7, 2016 @ 4:10 am

    A good way to really enjoy it is to crush it, put it in a small dish, add olive oil and sea salt and eat it with good bread.

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