Your loved ones might beg you to cut back, but Winter is the time to embrace your garlic breath. The reason? Full of antioxidants and a natural anti-inflammatory, garlic has been linked to warding off colds. To make an even more compelling case, garlic contains allicin, the active ingredient that fights infection and bacteria. In one study, British researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic extract for 12 weeks; the garlic takers were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold.
But there's no reason to force yourself to chew on raw garlic cloves or brew stinky tea. There are plenty of delicious ways to bring this bacteria-fighting bulb to the table that only enhance your recipe's flavor. This lightened-up, low-cal version of fettuccine alfredo uses a whopping eight cloves of garlic in the recipe! If that's too much for your taste buds, simply toss your salad in a healthy homemade grapeseed oil dressing that includes garlic and also adds some detox power with a little lemon juice.