so recently ive been trying to eat a clove or two of garlic everyday for its health benefits. however, i have heard that cooking with it destroys many of the 'healthy' parts of it, including the allicin. i was just wondering if this covers ALL types of 'cooking'. more specifically, if i were to order a pasta dish that comes with garlic, will the allicin be destroyed? if so, what about adding my own raw garlic to it? i would assume id get the same destruction of benefits by simply adding chopped, raw garlic to a steaming plate of pasta, or would i? (ive also read that the cardiovascular benefits dont come from the allicin and arent affected by cooking, although ive also read the opposite).
also, i cant find a good answer to this, but how big is a typical 'clove'? i always bought a pack of 3 bulbs bc i thought they were cheaper, until i realized that while buying the single bulb is more expensive, the cloves are like 3x the size. if im shooting for 'a clove a day', should i go with the larger, loose bulbs, or the smaller, buy-in-a-pack bulbs? (sorry, kind of a dumb question, but i figured it makes a difference eating 1 clove of the latter a day as opposed to 1 clove of something far bigger)