Ward Off Garlic Breath With These 5 Foods

How to combat a negative side effect of eating healthy garlic.

There are plenty of good reasons to cook with garlic. Not only does garlic add flavor and aroma to any dish, but it offers health benefits too. Studies show garlic may lower breast, colon, stomach, throat and skin cancer risks. It’s heart-healthy, too, as it’s been shown to prevent clotting. The secret to all these health benefits? Sulfides. (Cooks take note: those beneficial sulfides aren’t released unless the garlic is crushed or chopped and left to sit for at least 10 to 15 minutes before eating or cooking. Garlic purchased already chopped offers the same benefits, but whole roasted garlic, while delicious, may not yield such perks.) Unfortunately, those same good-for-you sulfide compounds can leave you with dragon-breath aftereffects that could last days. If you save the parsley garnish to chew on after a garlicky meal, good for you—because new research suggests certain foods may offer a remedy. Read on to find out what to eat.

—Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.

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