Drinking milk can prevent garlic breath, study finds

If you're planning a romantic Italian dinner this Valentine's Day, you may want to consider drinking a glass of milk along with your meal. 

According to a 2010 study in the published by the Institute of Food Technologist (IFT), researchers from the department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University discovered that drinking milk while eating garlic-heavy food can reduce the malodorous breath associated with garlic consumption.

Both fat-free and lowered the concentration of volatile odor-emitting compounds from garlic in the nose and mouth. Due to its higher fat content, whole milk was found to be more effective. Although drinking milk after eating a garlic-infused meal can still help, the study found that drinking it during the meal will have better results.

Garlic is an excellent source of magnesium, , vitamin C, and selenium and is reported to have many health benefits. It also contains a high amount of , which are responsible for the characteristic odor and flavor of garlic, as well as bad breath.

More information: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10… 010.01715.x/abstract

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Recipe for healthy garlic: Crush before cooking

Feb 15, 2007

"Stop and smell the garlic — that's all you have to do," advised William Shatner, whose starring roles ranged from Captain Kirk in Star Trek to himself in Iron Chef USA. New scientific research is editing Shatner's advice ...

Garlic doesn’t just repel vampires

Aug 16, 2011

The folk wisdom that eating garlic fights illness is ancient. In these more modern times, fruit and vegetable extracts that can inhibit the growth of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms are actually being evaluated as ...

Love that garlic? Fresh may be healthier than bottled

Jun 09, 2008

The next time you use garlic for its renowned antibacterial effects, consider fresh garlic instead of those bottles of chopped garlic. Researchers in Japan report that fresh garlic maintains higher levels ...

Recommended for you

Older women restrict driving more than older men

33 minutes ago

(HealthDay)—Older women restrict their driving activity more than older men, regardless of physical health or cognitive status, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of th ...

Alcohol apps aimed at young

9 hours ago

Apps with names like 'Let's get Wasted!' and 'Drink Thin' have led a James Cook University Professor to call for Government action on alcohol advertising on mobile devices.

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.