There is an unspoken rule about recipes. When deciding how much garlic to add, you never use only what is called for. When a recipe calls for two garlic cloves in a family-sized serving of pasta, we all understand that is the bare minimum before adding your own dose of garlicky goodness. In this post, we’ll be diving into garlic and how Evoolution’s Garlic Infused Olive Oil is a fantastic choice even for those with dietary restrictions.
Life without Garlic?
Most of us always have a stash of garlic cloves readily available, but sadly, some of us must live our lives without garlic. Despite its delicious flavour, this pungent bulb can be difficult for some people's digestive systems. In some cases, it can be so bad that garlic must be cut from their diets.
The FODMAP Diet
The FODMAP diet is designed to ease the difficulties of individuals with IBS or other digestive sensitivities. FODMAP stands for:
Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols
All of which are cut out or reduced on this eating regimen.
Why Cut These Out?
As you may have noticed, most of these terms refer to a group of compounds called saccharides. This group includes sugars, starch, and cellulose. In cases of digestive issues, some sugars can interact poorly with the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. This can cause digestive distress, creating the need to cut this group of nutrients out of the diet.
Sadly, many of the culinary world’s foundational ingredients contain FODMAPs, including garlic and onions. A devastating blow, to be sure. But there is hope out there for those with digestive distress and a deep love for all things garlic.
The Garlic Workaround
Garlic bulbs contain fructans, a type of fermentable oligosaccharide, or the FO in FODMAP. But most of garlic's signature flavour doesn’t come from these fructans. It comes from a rich blend of pungent sulphides that bloom with the heat of cooking.
So to obtain that delicious garlicky flavour without the drawbacks of the fructans, all you have to do is get those sulphides in an isolated and accessible form. And that is precisely what Evoolution’s Garlic Infused Olive Oil achieves, as it utilizes an oil infusion of garlic that does not contain the water-soluble fructans.
By now those culinary wheels in your head are certainly turning, thinking of all the ways you can incorporate Evoolution’s Garlic Infused Olive Oil into your cooking. And for our FODMAP-following friends, you too can safely enjoy this oil without fear of the digestive problems related to garlic. So go ahead; dip, sauté, and marinade with this garlicky oil!