zig
0

Notifications

  • You're all caught up!

How to Eat Raw Garlic & Not Have Garlic Breath

by
author image Fred Decker
Fred Decker is a trained chef and certified food-safety trainer. Decker wrote for the Saint John, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, and has been published in Canada's Hospitality and Foodservice magazine. He's held positions selling computers, insurance and mutual funds, and was educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
How to Eat Raw Garlic & Not Have Garlic Breath
How to Eat Raw Garlic & Not Have Garlic Breath Photo Credit Katy Jane Conlin/Demand Media

Garlic is one of the world's favorite foods. It can be found in almost every major cuisine, lending its signature pungent flavor and aroma. However, appreciating garlic too exuberantly can have implications for your social life. With its wealth of aromatic sulfur compounds, the smell of garlic -- especially raw garlic -- can linger on your breath and in your pores for several hours after you've eaten. You can't avoid it completely without avoiding garlic, but you can take a few steps to minimize the effect.

Prevention

Step 1

How to Eat Raw Garlic & Not Have Garlic Breath
Photo Credit Katy Jane Conlin/Demand Media

Select fresh, plump garlic that's heavy for its size. The freshest, juiciest garlic is also the mildest, and will have less effect on your breath.

Step 2

How to Eat Raw Garlic & Not Have Garlic Breath
Photo Credit Katy Jane Conlin/Demand Media

Slice the garlic cloves in half lengthwise with a paring knife. Remove any fine green shoots that may be starting to sprout, since their flavor and aroma are particularly harsh and penetrating.

Step 3

How to Eat Raw Garlic & Not Have Garlic Breath
Photo Credit Katy Jane Conlin/Demand Media

Rinse the minced garlic under cold running water, to wash away a portion of the sulfur compounds that give it its aroma.

You Might Also Like

Step 4

How to Eat Raw Garlic & Not Have Garlic Breath
Photo Credit Katy Jane Conlin/Demand Media

Mince a handful of fresh parsley with the garlic. The chlorophyll will help reduce the garlic's impact.

Treatment

Step 1

How to Eat Raw Garlic & Not Have Garlic Breath
Photo Credit Katy Jane Conlin/Demand Media

Chew a healthy-sized sprig or two of parsley after eating the garlic. As with parsley added during preparation, it will help minimize the garlic smell.

Step 2

How to Eat Raw Garlic & Not Have Garlic Breath
Photo Credit Katy Jane Conlin/Demand Media

Eat a small bowl of plain yogurt, or drink a glass of milk. Both cause a discernible reduction in garlic breath. Whole milk products are more effective than low-fat or skim milk products, according to a study in the August 17, 2010 issue of "Journal of Food Science."

Step 3

How to Eat Raw Garlic & Not Have Garlic Breath
Photo Credit Katy Jane Conlin/Demand Media

Rub your teeth vigorously with one or two large leaves of fresh sage. This is a common Italian breath freshener.

Step 4

How to Eat Raw Garlic & Not Have Garlic Breath
Photo Credit Katy Jane Conlin/Demand Media

Crack a fresh cardamom pod and chew the seeds, or keep them in your cheek. Cardamom is another potent breath freshener that will minimize the garlic smell.

Step 5

How to Eat Raw Garlic & Not Have Garlic Breath
Photo Credit Katy Jane Conlin/Demand Media

Brush and floss your teeth after the meal and rinse with mouthwash. This will remove any fine pieces of garlic that remain, and will also help cover up the smell.

Related Searches

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
THE LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Nutrition, Workouts & Tips
GOAL
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
GENDER
  • Female
  • Male
lbs.
ft. in.

References

Demand Media