Science Says: Apple Slices Can Save Your Breath from Garlic

Garlic might be great on food, but terrible on your breath, try a few apple slices to lose the strong odor.

Green apple partly peeled on a plate next to a knife

Garlic is a great way to add flavor to a meal, but its effects on your breath can be a little off-putting. Try following up your garlic-heavy entrée with some fresh apple slices. A recent study found the fruit (as well as mint leaves and lettuce) helps quickly deodorize garlic breath thanks to its phenolic compounds, explains Sheryl Barringer, a professor at Ohio State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology. “Eating these foods decreases the volatiles on your breath fast,” she says.

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