Here’s The Best Way To Eliminate Garlic Breath

by : Tom Percival on : 14 Jan 2017 17:35
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Everyone knows that in addition to being delicious garlic is perfect for keeping away vampires because they can’t abide bad breath. 


But if you can’t stop munching on garlic bread and want to attract a vampire you may be interested to know that there’s a way to eliminate bad breath after enjoying a stinky snack, the BBC reports.

The reason why your breath smells so strongly of garlic even hours after eating an Italian is because garlic is stuffed with sulphur compounds that are released into the bloodstream after being digested.

This means no matter how much mouthwash you quaff you can’t rid yourself of the smell because it’s not in your mouth, it’s in your blood.


So how do you combat bad breath?

Well according to scientists you fight fire with fire and use chemistry to defeat the stinky sulphur compounds in your blood.

Researchers have discovered that eating apples, lettuce, chicory, celery, potato, parsley, mint leaves, peppermint, basil, and mushrooms alongside garlic will reduce the odour.

Scientists believe these foods most likely remove odours because of a chemical reaction between four of garlic’s sulphur compounds and molecules called phenolics present in the various foods.

They discovered that when they got volunteers to chew garlic along with these foods that when they exhaled into a mass spectrometer, a device that detects elemental molecules, there was less sulphur.

Rather obviously mint has the most phenolics and is the best at killing stinky odours but because science is more of an art than a science it turns out that lettuce, which has barely any phenolics in it, is also good at stopping stinky breath.


So there you go munch on a leaf of lettuce after you’ve eaten a piece of garlic bread and you’ll be fine.

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Food


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