Sunday, February 21, 2010

Tip of the Day: Get Rid of Garlic Breath

You're on a date and you want the garlic rolls. Or you're grabbing lunch and the garlic bruschetta sounds delicious. The only catch: garlic breath. Garlic's funky effect on breath will ruin the post-date smooch or the close-quarters afternoon meeting. What can you do if you don't have Listerine, a tooth brush, mint floss and a whole pack of Doublemint gum in your pocket?

Eat an apple after garlic consumption. Apples contain a browning enzyme that transforms the offensive garlic thiols (the garlic compound chemically related to skunk spray, no wonder it's so awful) into odorless molecules. While many raw fruits and vegetables contain this browning enzyme, apples contain the highest quantities of it; consider how apples will turn brown almost immediately after they're sliced.

So grab an apple for dessert; not only is it a healthy choice, but everyone within a ten foot radius will thank you. (And your date might actually kiss you!)

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