Prepare for Cupid of Winter, the Unexpected Mistletoe
Ah! What a glorious time of year! Sure the cold is beginning its annual assault on your face, but still it’s hard to ignore the magic of the season. The lilting chorus of winter carolers drifting gently through the crisp night air, roaring fires crackling warm tidings from the hearth, and the bouncing laughter of friends and family gathered together to share their favorite meals. Wonderful meals! Filling all the rooms of the house with the savory scents of rosemary and garlic and onions and cloves. These are the kinds of meals that make taste buds dance, however they care not of the sneaky plant hanging above it all. The cupid of winter, the clever mistletoe. This mystical plant offers an exciting excuse to steal a quick kiss, but can be a leafy nightmare after a meal full of garlic. There is nothing quite worse than a moment of romance interrupted by the lingering taste of pesky garlic and its stinky companion the onion.
But fear not! We believe no one should have to forgo their favorite holiday meal in fear of spontaneous romance. Here’s a few helpful foods you can eat to neutralize the scent of garlic and onions on your breath, allowing you the freedom to enjoy all the wonderful meals and sweet lip locking that this season can bring.
It’s easy to underestimate parsley, always sitting quietly on the side of your plate being careful not to interrupt the meal. However, the chlorophyll in parsley has anti-bacterial properties that make it a natural deodorizer so when the meal is finished and your mouth is a furnace of garlic doom, you’d be hard pressed to find a better friend.
This tart fruit kills bacteria in the mouth making it safe for others. If garlic is on the menu when love is in the air, reach for a lemon.
A cup of green tea is the most relaxing way to banish oniony garlic breath from your life. Green tea contains polyphenols that reduce the gross sulfur compounds garlic produces allowing your breath to sweep a lover off their feet instead of knock them down.
An apple a day keeps the garlic away, but not the lads or ladies! Or doctors. Don’t stop having regular checkups just because you eat apples.
Whole milk has been shown to reduce the concentration of smelly compounds in your mouth so you don’t have to worry about heading to smooch town!
Okay now we know this one sounds a little weird, but chewing a couple coffee beans and spitting them out reduces garlic and onion breath. On the flip side, you might now have coffee bean breath…