Christopher Ranch’s California Garlic Blog

It’s no mystery that fresh garlic is one of the most popular, versatile ingredients ever. What remains relatively unknown, however, are the distinct flavor, quality and health differences associated with varying garlic varieties. Christopher Ranch, a family farm in Gilroy, Calif., grows a California heirloom garlic that is a leader in each category. All Garlic Is Not Created Equal. We’ll show you why.

SALT VS. GARLIC – AND THE WINNER IS…

If you’ve ever downed gallons of water to quench a never-ending thirst, gazed at your puffy calves and ankles turning into kankles, or wondered why your favorite ring is now choking the life out of your finger, you know what salt can do to you. These are a few of the noticeable consequences of consuming too much salt, but what’s more frightening are the effects you can’t see.

Your body needs some salt to help maintain the right balance of body fluids, transmit nerve impulses, and help your muscles contract and relax, but too much salt makes your heart work harder to move blood through your blood vessels, thereby increasing the pressure in your arteries. This barrage can lead to the development of high blood pressure, which in turn can lead to heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. Twenty five percent of American adults have high blood pressure but many don’t know it because this “Silent Killer” can be symptom free.

The recommended daily allowance for sodium is about 2400 mg but the average American consumes about twice that amount! Sodium occurs naturally in many foods but most sodium intake comes from packaged or processed foods and chemical additives like sodium chloride – table salt.

What’s a body to do? Eat fresh, unprocessed food and cut back on the salt – way back. I can hear you saying “food just doesn’t taste as good without salt” (I’ve said it myself), but Christopher Ranch has a bold solution:  ADD FRESH GARLIC INSTEAD OF SALT. Using one teaspoon of fresh garlic in place of one teaspoon of salt can eliminate 580 mg of sodium – and increase the flavor of your food!

Hmmm, less salt, more flavor… sounds like a win-win situation to me – for you, your heart and your health. All it takes is a little diligence and lots of garlic, most preferably Christopher Ranch California Heirloom Garlic.

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