Why Does Garlic Make Your Breath Stink?

Garlic Make Your Breath Stink

Garlic may taste and smell delicious when it's used in food but this all changes once you ingest it. Eating garlic releases 6 sulfur containing compounds into your body. Most of these are quickly metabolized except for one: AMS (allyl methyl sulfide).


The chemical is absorbed by your gut and released into your bloodstream. It's then excreted through your lungs. This causes your breath to smell foul. AMS is also excreted through urine and sweat. So they might smell gross as well. Brushing your teeth won't help since the odor originates in your gut. So how do you get rid of the smell?

Eating mint leaves, apples, and lettuce can significantly decrease garlic breath or, just avoid people until the odor goes away. 

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