Garlic is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with—I love adding minced garlic to stir-fries and veggie dips, and garlic powder to casseroles and pasta dishes.
On top of its great taste, garlic provides some pretty awesome health benefits. It helps lower blood pressure and may lower the risk of certain cancers. Of course, before loading all my recipes with this super ingredient, I always consider the dreaded after-garlic breath. Luckily, there are some secret (now not so secret, since I’m sharing them with you!) ways to significantly minimize the aftermath of eating garlic. Say goodbye to garlic’s only setback.
Adios, Garlic Breath!
I love garlic and add it to so many recipes, like my Grilled Asparagus with Lemongrass Garlic Rub. It adds a delicious zing of a taste, plus many health benefits. Garlic provides antioxidants, and research shows it may help immunity as well as help fight cancer and other diseases.
But garlic can cause bad breath, which is a reason many people avoid it! Thankfully, a recent preliminary in Food Chemistry has found a way to diminish garlic breath. The study authors gave a subject water, apple (raw, juiced, or heated), lettuce (raw or heated), mint leaves (raw or juiced), or green tea almost immediately after eating garlic.
Garlic breath significantly decreased after eating raw apple, raw lettuce, and raw mint leaves. Although the apple juice, mint juice, heated apple, and heated lettuce were helpful in reducing bad breath, their impact wasn’t as great as the raw produce and herbs. The green tea had no effect on breath.
This study is small, so results should be repeated. But it can’t hurt to try the following: Flavor your food with garlic, then have a salad after dinner (like the French do!), apple slices for dessert, or mint leaves as an after-dinner refresher.
A version of this content originally appeared on WeightWatchers.com.
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