6 Foods That Fight Garlic Breath Naturally

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Garlic smells so good when it is sizzling in a pan of hot olive oil or simmering in a homemade pasta sauce. But on your breath? Not so much. Luckily, EatingWell recently shared a list of six common foods that fight the stinky compounds leading to garlic breath.

Polyphenols seem to be the key to effectively warding off garlic odor. These compounds act like antioxidants, breaking down the pungent sulfides that give garlic its pungent smell. (Don't hate sulfides too much; they are also the reason for many of garlic's health benefits.)

The first five foods on the list depend on polyphenols for their garlic-breath-fighting power, while milk's effectiveness seems to come from its combination of water and fat, which help rinse away any lingering garlic residue in the mouth. For this reason, whole milk is better than skim at getting rid of garlic breath, especially when you drink it before or during a garlic-heavy meal.

Milk and garlic? No thanks. But garlicky sautéed spinach with a glass of iced green tea sounds good to me.

6 Foods That Fight Garlic Breath

  1. Apples
  2. Spinach
  3. Basil
  4. Parsley
  5. Green tea
  6. Milk

Read more: Ward Off Garlic Breath With These Foods - EatingWell

What do you think? Have any of these natural breath fresheners worked for you?

(Image credits: Emma Christensen)