Here's The Easy Way To Avoid Garlic Breath

Even without a toothbrush handy

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Scientifically speaking, garlic is good for you. A 2007 study found that it increases hydrogen sulfide levels in the body, which could explain why people with garlic-heavy diets are less prone to certain cancers and may have better heart health. But the study focused on cultures where people consumed two medium-sized cloves every day. So, in order to reap those benefits, a lot of garlic has to be eaten.

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Health benefits aside, garlic is delicious, and one of the most widely used culinary ingredients. Either way, eating garlic is good—the more the better—but garlic breath is bad. There's trick around that, though.

A 2014 study recently highlighted by Discover said that there are actually a number of seemingly random food items that reduce garlicky breath. They included:

Parsley

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Spinach

Mint

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Soda

Green Tea

Lemon Juice

Apples

(The apple worked both raw and microwaved, should one option appeal more than the other.) Why these particular foods worked likely has to do with the oxidation of enzymes and other technical food-science terms, the study said. More importantly, they aren't too exotic to subtly incorporate into a meal, should you be dining out and concerned about your breath.

One thing that did nothing to reduce garlic breath: whey protein. In case you bros were curious.

From: Esquire