• Question: why does garlic make your breath smell? and why does it seem to linger?

    Asked by caragh26 to Meeks, Stephen, Tom on 24 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
    • Photo: Stephen Curry

      Stephen Curry answered on 24 Jun 2010:

      Hello caragh26

      There must be some chemical in garlic that lingers in the mouth when you have eaten something cooked in it. I had a quick look on Wikipedia and it seems likeDiallyl Sulfide is the main contributor to the smell.

      But it doesn’t bother me because I love the taste of the food so much!

    • Photo: Tom Hartley

      Tom Hartley answered on 24 Jun 2010:

      According to Garlic Central (!?) This is because the sulpherous compounds in garlic feed the bacteria responsible for bad breath (halitosis).

      I love garlic!

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