+ Add Chrome Extension

Back to Blog Home

10 Things to Eat to Save Yourself from Garlic Breath

kristinabyas profile picture
Kristina ByasGuest Blogger
August 09, 2016 · 6.5k Views

Whether you are eating a quick snack or a full on meal, there are a number of different ingredients that can be used to make it taste delicious, including garlic. Although this particular ingredient can transform a meal from bland to flavorful, there is one issue that everyone has after they have enjoyed their garlic-packed dish: garlic breath.

Source: Reader's Digest

When dining out or cooking at home, many people opt for something that is sweet or salty, but garlic brings a lot more flavor to a dish, which is why people tend to use it. Garlic breath may not stop people from using this ingredient when they cook, but it can cause them to feel uncomfortable knowing that their breath isn't as fresh as it could be. Fortunately, garlic breath can be neutralized with the help of other foods, which is something that the many garlic lovers in the world can really appreciate.

Thankfully, these are all every day items you can find at your local grocery store. Save yourself some money (and garlic breath) by subscribing to our emails for Safeway, Vons, Costco, and Whole Foods to receive coupons and the like.


  1. Apples. Apples are delicious on their own, so even if you can't find a way to work them into the dish with your garlic, you can simply enjoy one after you have eaten your meal and the garlic breath should be gone. 

    Source: Typewriter Monkey Task Force
  2. Spinach. There are a number of great meals you can make with spinach and garlic. Even if spinach isn't in the recipe you are using, chances are, it will still fit in perfectly and eliminate that unpleasant garlic breath.

    Source: Ottmag.com
  3. Milk. This may seem weird, but before or after you consume garlic, drink a cold glass of milk. Most types of milk will have some sort of effect, but whole milk should work the best. 

    Source: Spirit Science
  4. Green Tea. Green tea is great for helping people lose weight, but it also works to banish garlic breath. Just drink it during or before your meal and you'll be good.

    Source: The Hearty Soul
  5. Lemon Juice. Lemon juice may not be something you want to drink by itself, but it can easily be added to a drink or a dish to aid in eliminating garlic breath.

    Source: Nutrition Secrets
  6. Yogurt. It may not be ideal to eat yogurt before or after a meal, but since it would only be to neutralize garlic breath, it will be worth it.

    Source: Girls Gone Strong
  7. Coffee Beans. To get rid of garlic breath, you'll want to chew on coffee beans. It may not taste as good as a warm cup of coffee, but it will do the trick.

    Source: Spoon University
  8. Mustard. Mustard is good, but if you are using it to get rid of garlic breath, the experience may be a little more powerful than what it is when you typically enjoy mustard. Just take a teaspoon of it and swish it around in your mouth.

    Source: Wonderopolis
  9. Mint Leaves. Mint leaves are often seen as a garnish, but you can also chew on them to freshen up your breath after a garlic-filled meal.

    Source: Nekter Juice Bar Blog
  10. Fennel. Similar to how mint leaves work to neutralize bad breath, fennel will leave your breath garlic free. After you're done with your meal, just chew on some fennel and banish that unpleasant odor.

    Source: Martha Stewart

Typically when people are trying to freshen their breath, they're going to reach for their toothbrush and toothpaste, mouthwash or gum and mints. These all work, but will only last temporarily, meaning the garlic will return and possibly leave you feeling embarrassed. Unlike mints and gum, many of the above mentioned foods work so well at stopping garlic breath because they break down the sulfur compounds and have odor-reducing properties.

Crushed, minced or even whole, garlic can be enjoyed in a variety ways, but there will always be the chance that you will have garlic breath. However, that doesn't mean that you have to suffer just because want to enjoy a meal that is delicious and full of garlic and other ingredients that may leave you breath smelling unpleasant. Next time you make a meal that has this ingredient, remember that there are foods that you can use to neutralize its effect on your breath. Even if you don't like one or more of them, something on this list should appeal to you and will be able to help you out with your garlic breath.


kristinabyas profile picture
Kristina Byas is a Milwaukee native who has written for Female Intel, Shepherd Express, Scandalous Women and more. She suffers from a severe case of wanderlust and has difficulty purchasing items at full price. You can learn more about her by following her on Twitter: @KristinaByas

Popular Articles