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Too Much Of A Good Thing

But don't overdo it, experts say. Eating more than two cloves of garlic a day will cause diarrhea in most people, and the same compound that gives garlic its potent scent will be released from the skin and sweat of people who overindulge.

In fact, Karen McWilliams, a registered dietitian at Bryan-LGH Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., said she's had to talk to patients who overdosed on garlic in their efforts to improve their cholesterol or cancer treatment.

"In our rehab unit, we have clients that were eating garlic every day, hoping it will change their cholesterol, " McWilliams said, adding that she took complaints from other patients. "Other clients did not want to exercise close by (because of the smell)."

McWilliams said her best advice to clients is to "eat the rainbow" -- which means choosing a variety of foods and keeping the menu fresh.

"If people are so focused on garlic -- there are so many great fruits and vegetables out there to add to recipes (and) we'll keep finding other plant benefits. I believe in the colors," McWilliams said.

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"Mixed smell is sometimes perceived in foodstuffs prepared from various ingredients, such as vegetables mixed with different kinds of spices and asafoetida. Bad odors are perceived in filthy places, good smells are perceived from camphor, menthol and similar other products, pungent smells are perceived from garlic and onions, and acidic smells are perceived from turmeric and similar sour substances. The original aroma is the odor emanating from the earth, and when it is mixed with different substances, this odor appears in different ways."
SB 3.26.45, Purport

ASAFOETIDA: The aromatic resin from the root of the giant fennel, Ferula asafoetida. Asafoetida (also known as hing) is extracted from the stems of these giant perennial plants that grow wild in Central Asia. In the spring, when the plant is about to bloom, the stems and roots are cut. Milky resin exudes from the cut surface and is scraped off. More exudes as successive slices of root are removed over a period of 3 months. The gummy resin is sun-dried into a solid mass that is then sold in solid, wax-like pieces, or more conveniently, in powdered form. Due to the presence of sulphur compounds, asafoetida has a distinctive pungent flavour reminiscent of shallots or garlic. Used in minute quantities, it adds a delicious flavour to various savoury dishes. I always use the mild Vandevi brand of yellow asafoetida powder and not the grey variety. All recipes for this book using asafoetida were tested using this yellow variety. If using other varieties, reduce the quantities to one half of the suggested amount. Asafoetida is available at Indian grocers.

Forbidden foods:
"Common forbidden foods include meat, fish, eggs, onions, mushrooms, garlic, masur-dal (red lentils), burned rice, white eggplant, hemp (marijuana), citron,* saps from trees (if not boiled first), buffalo- and goat-milk products, and milk with salt in it.* Also, one should not offer canned or frozen foods to the Deity, and it is best to avoid offering foods containing unhealthy substances such as yeast and white sugar."
Pancaratra-Pradipa: Ingredients for worship

Comment: Of course, this is for those who wish to be very strict in brahminical practice. Most of this would have to be accepted on faith.

"I'm ninety percent lenient," Swamiji says, laughing. "If I were to tell you everything at once, you'd faint."
The Hare Krishna Explosion - Hayagriva dasa
Part 1: New York 1966

I have also seen a story associate with onions and garlic. Some may wish to accept these stories as actual history if that is their faith. The stories suggest that onions and garlic first appeared due to sin committed against the cow. Perhaps some know where to access these stories online.

Onions and garlic have proven to have some medicinal properties if used wisely. Some of those medicinal uses are for external usage.

I personally find it difficult to avoid onions and garlic 100% since they often appear in pre-prepared foods. I say do the best you can to avoid and don't take it so hard. There are certainly more important concern in Krsna consciousness. Some might prefer a stricter stance in regards to this type issue in Krsna consciousness.

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