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Milk May Cure Garlic Breath

Garlic is a tasty, healthy and commonly used addition to many meals. At the same time, it is well known that it can cause bad breath and body odor. Luckily for garlic lovers a recent study may have found a way to fight this notorious “garlic breath.”

The study was conducted by researchers from the Department of Food Science and Technology at Ohio University and published in the August 2010 issue of the Journal of Food Science.

For the study the researchers had volunteers consume chopped garlic and drink water, fat-free milk or whole milk before or after consuming the garlic.

The researchers found that whole milk significantly reduced levels of numerous compounds responsible for “garlic breath” such as allyl mercaptan, diallyl disulfide, methyl mercaptan, and allyl methyl sulphide. This reduction was most apparent when milk was ingested at the same time as the garlic rather than afterward.

Low fat milk and water also appeared to provide benefits but not nearly as well as whole milk, leading researchers to believe that the fat content of whole milk provides additional benefits.

Garlic is well known for its health benefits and is one of the main ingredients in the increasingly popular Mediterranean diet. It is high in magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and selenium, and has been linked to many things including reductions in blood pressure and lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

It would be a shame to lose all of these benefits because of fear of bad breath. This study shows that drinking some milk with meals that include garlic may be just the thing to leave your breath smelling good.

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