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Why Garlic Makes Your Breath Stink | ChemistryTwig

Why Garlic Makes Your Breath Stink

garlicEverybody loves a little Italian food once in awhile. Garlic bread, garlic pasta, garlic ice cream… garlic goes with just about anything except your breath. Have you ever noticed that your breath is abnormally stinky after eating garlic? Ever wonder why?

Turns out that when you eat garlic a few sulfur (sulphur for British folks!) containing gases are released. Nearly any gas that contains sulfur is at least slightly smelly. On top of the sulfur gas, garlic can promote and environment in your mouth that is like Disney Land for bacteria. This bacteria doesn’t smell like roses either.

How can you get rid of stinky garlic breath?
Just wait awhile; that’s pretty much all you can do. Turns out that one of the sulfur gases produced is allyl methyl sulfide (AMS). This gas is actually produced in your gut. Yes, that’s right, it travels down from your gut up to your mouth. Pretty gross to think about, right?

You could brush your teeth to your heart’s content and get rid of the stinky bacteria and all but one of the sources of sulfur gas, but there’s nothing you can do about the sulfur gas coming from your gut.

I thought it was interesting that there’s essentially nothing you can do to get rid of garlic breath other than cover up the smell with a breath mint.

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