5 foods that help ward off garlic breath
Garlic is a favourite flavouring food for many reasons. It not only adds good taste to your dish, but also offers many health benefits, including lowering risk of skin, stomach, throat and breast cancer. While very beneficial for its taste and health benefits, garlic often gives people an unpleasant mouth odour known as garlic breath. Fortunately, there are healthy foods you can use to ward off garlic breath and ensure your mouth remains free of the offensive smell.
A study conducted by researchers from the department of Food Science and Technology at Ohio State University in the US discovered that drinking milk while eating garlic-heavy food can significantly reduce the malodorous breath associated with garlic consumption. The study published in the Journal of Food Science in 2010 also found that whole milk was more effective than skim milk.
It’s been said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, apparently, eating an apple with garlic-heavy food also keeps bad garlic breath away. Scientists have shown that the polyphenols (antioxidant-like compounds) found in apples break down the smelly sulfur compounds in garlic and can effectively mitigate garlic breath.
Lemon is yet another food that has been shown to neutralise garlic odour because of its antioxidant-like properties. Suck on the wedge of a lemon after eating garlic to ward off the bad smell. Wash your hands with lemon juice to remove garlic smell from your hands.
Parsley is very effective for neutralising the offensive odors of garlic as well. Experience cooks will not cook garlic without using parsley. Chew on parsley after eating garlic-heavy food to overcome the offensive smell.
Last but not least, drink plenty of tea to overcome garlic breath. Tea contains polyphenol antioxidants that break volatile sulfur compounds in garlic, which cause bad breath. Green and peppermint tea have, especially, been found to be effective for mitigating garlic breath.
Bonus tip: Use a WaterPik
A WaterPik is a dental device used to remove plaque and food debris from between teeth and below the gumline. While a WaterPick is not a type of food, using it to remove garlic particles from your mouth can help beat garlic breath. Also, use the oral irrigator attachment that comes with the device to blow water in the back of the mouth and remove any remnants of garlic particles that may still be back there.