It’s not news that that garlic is a nutritional powerhouse. Studies show it boosts immunity, helps to reduce blood pressure, reduces inflammation and much more.

And new research shows the stinking rose can help protect against weight gain too.

Garlic For Weight Loss: More Flavor, Less Fat

A recent study published in the American Journal of Hypertension explored the relationship between a allicin, powerful phytonutrient in garlic, and weight gain.

The researchers fed the all of the subjects a diet high in fructose to cause high insulin, blood pressure and triglycerides (learn about the dangers of fructose here). The study group was then divided into three subgroups- a control group eating a fructose-enriched diet and two experimental groups receiving the fructose Рenriched diet plus allicin.

At the end of the 5 week study, researchers found that the control group fed the fructose-enriched diet alone continued to gain weight, while the groups fed allicin did not.

Getting The Health Benefits of Garlic

To get the most benefits, enjoy raw garlic. Chop or crush garlic and let it stand for 10 minutes. This allows beneficial compounds – including those responsible for the weight loss benefits – to form. Use fresh garlic in salad dressings and sauces, as well as dips like hummus for a flavorful fat-fighter.