Raw garlic has proven antibacterial qualities, and can be a powerful dietary supplement. In addition to boosting immunity, garlic in the diet is a high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cancer-risk reducer, not to mention its super-antibacterial abilities.
But the main objective people have to ingesting garlic is the powerful and long lasting odor it has. Although it can wonderfully enhance the smell and flavor of food, once eaten, a lingering bad breath effect can last for hours, or even days in some people.
Garlic stench is a very real chemical side effect of ingesting one of nature’s best miracle drugs. Studies have been conducted for years on the best ways to alleviate the garlic smell from the breath. Once the garlic is ingested, however, it is in the blood and may just take several days to naturally dissipate, depending on the quantity ingested and one’s personal body chemistry.
One of the ways thought to get rid of garlic smell was through drinking milk. Although dairy doesn’t cure garlic breath, milk related studies weren’t too far off. It was determined that drinking milk after ingestion did in fact reduce the presence of allyl mercaptan, diallyl disulfide, methyl mercaptan, and allyl methyl sulfide (the major volatile compounds responsible for garlic breath) in the nostrils and mouth. It was further determined that ingesting garlic mixed with milk reduced the presence of the compounds even more.
Vigorous testing of isolated dairy characteristics indicated that lactose had little or nothing to do with these effects. Rather it was the water which makes up 80-90% of the volume in milk that did the trick. It was also noted that fat intake helps break down this odor.
Drinking plenty of water with garlic intake will reduce odors significantly. Scent-masking is more productive when water, fat, and garlic are ingested simultaneously, as opposed to water and fat intake post-garlic-ingestion, or a dose of garlic as an isolated part of your diet.
So maybe a little garlic mayo on the sandwich with a healthy glass of cold water or milk really is a good meal.
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