Aside from tasting great, many people claim garlic has medicinal effects. They also claim that, in a pinch, it can ward off evil demons. Personally, I have no experience of that. I can warn you that it can cause your breath to have a distinctive odor. The smell even seems to permeate through your skin the next day.
Some say chewing parsley helps. I say…plan your social life carefully!
Garlic’s healing powers come from the sulphorous compounds it contains. But those compounds feed the bacteria in your mouth, causing bad breath.
Parsley is the best weapon against garlic breath. That’s why many recipes that include garlic also include parsley. Chewing parsley with your garlicky meal seems to contain the problem to some extent.
But it’s not enough to just sprinkle a little parsley on top of what you’re eating. You need to chew at least one sprig of fresh parsley, ideally more, with your meal. Chop up a sprig of fresh parsley or two and add it to the meal somewhere, or put it on the plate as a garnish.
Basically you can’t get rid of garlic breath. But you can mask it. Toothpaste, mouthwash, strong chewing gum, and commercial remedies for bad breath might camouflage your breath for an hour or two after eating garlic.
Some people say that chewing cardamom seeds work as well as parsley, though it’s hard to work those seeds into the meal. Cardamom seeds pack a powerful punch of flavor, and not everyone likes them, but try them and tell me how they work out!
To remove the scent of garlic from your hands, try rubbing them on your stainless steel sink for 30 seconds! (I’m not kidding!) If you don’t have a stainless steel sink you can actually buy, for about $12, a stainless steel bar of soap.
Blomus makes these bars, whose sole purpose is to remove not just the smell of garlic, but fish odors as well. I have no clue how this works, but I promise you it does. Does anyone know why?
Any body have further questions about (or comments on) garlic?
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