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A Fast Way to Get Rid of Garlic Breath
Whether you use crushed cloves of garlic to season a homemade tomato sauce or roast and caramelize the entire garlic bulb for a culinary delight, garlic breath is a likely result. Now scientists from The Ohio State University have figured out a way to tame rancid garlic breath: eat raw apples, lettuce or mint leaves.

Garlic is one of 10 foods that can help lower your cholesterol to heart-healthy numbers.

The study: Led by Sheryl Barringer, the OSU team gave participants three grams of softneck garlic cloves to chew for 25 seconds. Then each was given one of the following to consume immediately after chewing the garlic:

  • raw, juiced or heated apple
  • raw or heated lettuce
  • raw or juiced mint leaves
  • green tea
  • water (which served as a control)

The results: Raw apples, raw lettuce and raw mint leaves reacted with those chemicals in garlic that create stinky garlic breath to neutralize the odor even better than mouthwash. (Green tea and water had no effect on garlic breath.) These foods work by interacting with the garlic in the stomach, which prevents the garlicky compounds from entering the bloodstream and being expressed from the lungs into the air that is exhaled. Brushing your teeth or swishing mouthwash has no effect on what you have already swallowed or digested.

The study findings were published in the Journal of Food Science.

Season your food with garlic and you may live a lot longer by cutting your risk for cancer.

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