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How To Consume Onions and Garlic To Prevent Cancer?

Written By Admin on Monday, June 27, 2016 | 2:37:00 AM

Onions and garlic belong to the same family (the alliums) and are sharply scented and flavorful staples in kitchens all over the world. Onions consist of many varieties—some with subtler flavor, some with stronger flavor—all able to contribute a distinctive taste to many different types of dishes.

How to Consume Onions?
Onions of all types are best consumed raw and cut, chopped or minced in order to reap the most anti-cancer benefits, as the enzymes are very sensitive to heat. Once cut, allow the onions to rest for about 15-20 minutes.
However, if you can’t stand the taste of raw onion, you can still cook them—just go easy on them. A sauté over low to medium heat for no more than 5 minutes at a time will make onions very palatable without removing the chemicals needed to give cancer the beat-down.
Avoid boiling to cook the onions, unless you are cooking them for a brief time in a soup or stew—the chemicals that give the onions their power are leeched from the onion itself into water when boiled, but they are retained in the water, making soups and stews an ideal way to briefly boil or simmer onions if that is your preferred cooking method.
Another option is to bake onions at no more than 350F (175C) degrees for no longer than 15 minutes. This baking method actually serves to increase the level of a substance called quercetin, which is one of the chemicals that aids onions in their battle against cancer.

How to Consume Garlic?
Like onions, garlic must be cut, minced, or crushed and left to sit for about 10-20 minutes in order for the enzymes contained within their cell walls to work their chemical magic and turn your garlic from an aromatic treat into a cancer preventative.
Ideally, the crushed garlic should be consumed raw for maximum benefits, but as long as the garlic is left to sit after being chopped or minced, you can add the garlic and its juices (where the good, anti-cancer stuff is retained) to a dish and cook it for a brief period of time.
The key is to rupture the cells within the garlic clove and leave the garlic for a certain amount on time—after that, you can eat it raw in a salad, dip, or pesto or add it to a pan of stir-fry toward the end of its cooking time.
How Much Garlic and Onions You need to Consume?
Consume half a cup of chopped onions daily – moderate-to-high-level consumption of onions can help to reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
Consume 4-5 cloves of garlic weekly – this can help to reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
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