By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
Wondering how to get rid of garlic breath? Get garlic benefits and fix bad breath with these bad breath remedies. Bye-bye, icky garlic smell!
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.
But cue the dreaded garlic breath. How to eat garlic and still have good breath? Read on for easy bad breath remedies. Thankfully (and surprisingly!), it's not so challenging to fix bad breath and get rid if that garlic smell and taste!
Hello, Garlic Benefits!
I love fresh garlic and add it to so many recipes, like my Grilled Asparagus with Lemongrass Garlic Rub. It adds a delicious zing of a taste.
And raw garlic is so tasty, even though it has a stronger smell than cooked garlic. Garlic oil is pretty tasty, too.
On top of its great taste, garlic provides some pretty awesome health benefits:
- Garlic provides antioxidants.
- Garlic helps lower blood pressure and reduce risk of high blood pressure.
- Garlic may help reduce total cholesterol levels.
- Garlic may help immunity.
- Garlic may lower the risk of certain cancers and other diseases.
Of course, before loading all my recipes with this super ingredient, I always consider the dreaded 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!
How to Get Rid of Garlic Breath
Because garlic can cause bad breath, many people avoid it! How to have good breath after eating garlic? Thankfully, a 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.
The exciting findings: 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.
When it comes to oral hygiene, which of these home remedies for getting rid of garlic breath will you try? Of course, don't forget to brush and floss, too to get rid of bad bacteria in your mouth and lower your risk of gum disease.
This blog post was updated in August 2020. A version of this content originally appeared on WeightWatchers.com.
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I'd love to hear from you! What are your favorite home remedies for bad breath? What tips do you have for how to get good breath?