Spicy and extremely healthy: the marinade

Take the best olive oil, freshly chopped herbs (thyme, oregano, basil), some mustard, salt and pepper and plenty of crushed garlic clove and prepare a spicy marinade.

Especially in the Mediterranean countries there is a long tradition of preserving vegetables for antipasti and meat before grilling in spicy marinades.

Not only because a marinade makes the taste perfect, but also, as scientists have researched in recent years, because the herbs of the marinade and their garlic, onions and mustard contain a number of substances that can have a health-promoting effect.

During the grilling of meat, so-called heterocyclic amines (HCA) are formed, which have a carcinogenic effect in animal experiments. Marinade marinades reduce the formation of this HCA by up to 99%. Especially the garlic in the marinade combines enjoyment with health. Ingredients of the toe such as fructans, saponins, flavonoids and sulphur-containing compounds act against bacteria and fungal diseases.

Regular consumption improves the flow properties of the blood, lowers blood pressure slightly and shows anticarcinogenic effects in animal experiments. Until the end of the Middle Ages garlic was still regarded as a lucky charm: it was used as a contraceptive and as an aphrodisiac. Herbal books from the Middle Ages say:"Garlic makes Neygung a limp and lust for conjugal mincing".


Many herbs also grow in pots on the balcony or kitchen window.

Marinate the sheep's cheese in olive oil, garlic, oregano  and some chili!

No herb can grow against the smell of garlic. It only helps: to eat garlic together.

Written by Brigitte Neumann