All the best foods are doused in garlic, but what about the lonely times that come after the clove cramming?
When accused of housing that garlicky stench, I tend to take offence and charge them with being ungrateful for me protecting them from vampires.
But if that doesn’t work, maybe you should try one of these scientifically proven odour eaters.
Researchers from Ohio State University found that the best foods to banish garlic breath are raw apple and raw lettuce, the Huffington Post reports.
Volunteers were asked to chew garlic cloves for 25 seconds before trying water; raw, juiced or heated apple; raw or heated lettuce; raw or juiced mint leaves; or green tea, immediately after.
Heated lettuce sounds fucking grim.
The researchers said foods deodorise garlic breath through two mechanisms – first, enzymes in the raw foods help to destroy the odours, and then, phenolic compounds in both the raw and cooked foods destroy the volatiles.
They believe this is why raw foods were the most effective because they contain both the enzymes and the phenolic compounds.
Although it didn’t get rid of the volatiles, mint leaves were best at masking the smell.
Plus, an apple a day keeps the odours away.
To be honest, this has just made me really want to scoff a load of garlic bread (I’ll get some lettuce as well!).