Why Brushing Your Teeth Isn't Enough To Banish Garlic Breath

Garlic: The gift that keeps on giving.

Garlic is an essential ingredient in cuisines around the globe, adding delicious flavor to every dish. A relative of the onion, garlic has been on the menu for humans for over 7,000 years both as a food and herbal remedy in traditional folk medicine.

It certainly is delicious to eat, but it is a lot less pleasant when it takes on a pungent fragrance known as "garlic breath." Brushing your teeth after eating does ease it up a bit, but the real cause of the smell isn't in the mouth anymore. Not only does it kill your breath, but the putrid smell of garlic seems to permeate your entire body, even like it's seeping out of your pores.

Why is it that something so tasty can turn so rancid once it enters your stomach? As SciShow explains, the garlic bulbs contain certain chemical compounds that stick with us in a variety of ways once they're in our bodies, leaving us a disgusting, stinky mess.

While eating garlic might destroy your chances of getting a goodnight kiss at the end of a date, there are some foods that actually might be able to combat those effects, at least partially.

Learn all about how garlic goes from "delicious food" to "semi-permanent addition to your aroma" here: