- Posted August 29, 2013 by
Keeping Bad Breath Away
It’s simple – do not order onions for lunch if you do not want to be stuck with bad breath for the rest of the afternoon. But it’s also not our fault that the foods we like to stuff our face with are the ones which also induce temporary halitosis. Of the many foods that could lead to bad breath, garlic and onions are the most notorious but there are certainly other foods that made it to the list. Luckily for you, there is a separate list of foods which can actually mask bad breath. But before we delve into that list, why do certain foods give us such foul breaths?
Eating it in and then exhaling it out.
The thing about foods like onion and garlic is that they cause foul breath that stays even after you’ve already brushed your teeth. This is because once these type of foods have been digested in your stomach, the pungent oils are absorbed into your bloodstream and then carried off to your lungs where they are released every time you exhale. As long as these oils are still present in your lungs, you’ll be suffering from a temporary case of halitosis.
Eating the foul odor away.
The following foods can help to mask bad breath:
Parsley. This herb is one of the better known foods that could help combat foul smells originating from your mouth. It’s the oils from parsley which makes it an effective bad breath counteracting food. Other herbs that have the same action as parsley include coriander, cilantro, cardamom, eucalyptus, rosemary, spearmint and tarragon.
Green tea. Aside from being wonderfully refreshing, green tea also contains an antioxidant called catechin which helps to keep the growth of bacteria in check which also contributes to halitosis.
Yogurt. According to a number of studies, the live culture of bacteria found in servings of yogurt help reduce unwanted breath. This could be because the bacteria in yogurt competes with the bacteria in your mouth, and, by successfully overpowering the foul odor emitting bacteria, keeps unwanted smells at bay.
Vitamin C rich fruits. Fruits which are packed with vitamin C, just like berries, melons and oranges, hinder the growth of bacteria inside your mouth. At the same time, vitamin C promotes the proper growth of connective tissues such as your gums and can prevent bleeding tendencies so drink your juice up. Just remember to brush your teeth!