Garlic breath is bad breath (halitosis) caused by consumption of garlic.
All alliums produce cysteine sulfoxide which gives them their distinct taste and odour. The sulphuric compounds present in garlic are similar to the ones produced by the anaerobic bacteria that causes bad breath. This is probably why bad breath and garlic breath are often used synonymously although they don’t mean the same thing.
Bad breath is sometimes also related to health conditions caused by the presence of bacteria below the gum line and on the tongue. Sinuses problems, use of tobacco and more severe health problems can also be indicated by a bad breath.
Funny thing, but a few hours after eating garlic we don’t seem to smell it on our own breath. Well, others can and this is the problem. Garlic-eating consequences including the garlic breath symptoms will stay with you for another day or two, and it will be detectable on the breath…I have witnesses!
Can you get garlic smell off your breath?
If you think that mouthwash, chewing gum or anything that changes the saliva’s chemical structure in your mouth fixes the problem you are wrong. The garlic breath indeed becomes milder and not as, how to put it…“in the face”, but until it is completely gone from your upper digestive system it is still detectable.
Chewing a gum or using a mouth wash will quickly mask the problem, however consumption of certain foods and drinks, which affect what is happening in the stomach (where the garlic breath is coming from) can help to get rid of garlic breath. Drinking orange juice or milk, chewing on parsley leaves or even eating an apple could just do the magic. It is easier than you think! You really don’t have to give up on your favorite dishes containing garlic. Read “How to get rid of garlic breath” to find out what to do it in case this garlic mashed potato was so irresistible you ate your partners portion too and now you are in trouble!