Coffee, cheese, and garlic are all alike in the sense that they're distinctly delicious, potentially addictive, and the likely culprits behind your biohazard-level bad breath. Garlic in particular is perhaps the godfather of rank breath, but now, scientists say they've finally pinpointed exactly what you should eat after garlic-y foods to make the offensive odor go away. And, no, it does not involve Listerine.
A recent study from researchers at Ohio State University claims two common foods -- raw apples and raw lettuce -- can cure your ghastly garlic breath almost as effectively as chewing mint leaves, according to a report by Munchies. This is pretty great, considering you probably don't carry mint leaves with you often, if ever, let alone chew them, too.
Participants in the study were asked to chew on garlic cloves for 25 seconds before drinking water as a control, then they were given raw, juiced or heated apple; raw or heated lettuce; raw or juiced mint leaves; or green tea to consume right away. After the participants were done eating and drinking, the researchers used "ion flow tube mass spectrometry" to measure the level of the volatile compounds in garlic -- diallyl disulfide, allyl mercaptan, allyl methyl disulfide, and allyl methyl sulfide -- that make your breath wreak. Having volatiles in your mouth has never sounded scarier.