Garlic lovers will know that, while the pungent ingredient adds a lot of flavor to many otherwise bland dishes, it is also known to cause bad breath. However, scientists at Ohio State University have discovered that eating yoghurt is the best way to get rid of the lingering odor. It seems that the protein in whole-milk plain yoghurt neutralises the garlic smell and counteracts the sulphur-based compounds that cause it.
The researchers that conducted the study, published in the scientific journal Molecules, found that yoghurt was most effective in clearing “garlic breath” if it was eaten soon after a meal containing garlic. They discovered yoghurt was 99 per cent effective at reducing the major odour-producing garlic compounds.
Dr. Sheryl Barringer, a senior study author and professor of food science and technology at Ohio State University in the United States, has investigated other foods to explore whether they can lead to fresher breath. Lettuce, apples, milk and mint have all been shown to combat garlic breath.