Picture the scene: You're on a first date with that someone from your office that you've had your eye on for a while, and for once, everything is going swimmingly. Your date is chatty, funny, well-presented, with perfect manners and a smile that could sink battleships. Finally, as you step outside to head home, you know the moment is coming for a cheeky goodnight kiss. Brace yourself, this is going to be magical.
Except, the kiss never comes. I mean, it nearly does. You saw their head move towards yours, you know you did, but at the very last minute, they swerve, settling instead for a friendly hug. Hurt, you check yourself. Is there something in your teeth? Did you misread the vibe all along? And then you realize: the garlic bread you ate at lunch is still lingering on your breath, a bad smell that just won't quit.
You head home, sheepish, embarrassed and alone.
For all the stuff about being alone, I'll start by saying that I don't trust anyone that doesn't like garlic. It's a vegetable (technically) that can be had for pennies and makes just about anything taste better... well, maybe not ice cream, but you get my point.
But that doesn't mean that once in a while you don't need to banish its strong scent, and sometimes toothpaste just doesn't do the job. So how to solve a problem like garlic bread breath? Don't worry, we're not going to tell you to give it up altogether! We are going to help you out.
The first tip, and perhaps the easiest, is to find a food or drink that will counteract the smell.
Among the drinks that are especially good for this task is tea, particularly those healthy favorites such as green tea or peppermint, both of which contain polyphenols which target the sulfur compounds that the garlic produces and creates the smell. Peppermint tea has the double benefit of settling your stomach too - trust us, your partner will thank you when you climb into bed later.
(A squeeze of fresh lemon juice in the tea also help neutralize the nasty smell!)
If tea isn't your thing, you can always turn to the spice cupboard for help.
Ingredients such as cardamom, fennel, cloves, anise seeds all help to neutralize the pong, so chuck them into whatever your making for dinner - don't go too crazy though, 'cause if there's one thing stronger than garlic, it's those innocent looking cardamom seeds. Parsley, mint and lemon all work too, if you fancy something a little fresher.
Let's be honest, you're winning easy kissing points if you've got minty fresh breath so if you're on the go then try the trusty combination of toothpaste, mouthwash and some extra minty chewing gum.
Just do us a favor, don't blow gum bubbles - no one's going to fancy you if you do. Unless maybe you have these mad skills:
The good news is that garlic isn't just tasty, it's also got some pretty great health benefits too, including helping to lower blood pressure and regulate cholesterol. And we'd never tell you to quit on anything healthy, so add in some odorless garlic supplements if you want to keep your nourishment game strong.
At the end of the day, we all know there's nothing better than a delicious bowl of garlicy arrabiata pasta, with a starter of dough balls accompanied by warm garlic butter, and a side of crispy, warm, garlic bread.
And there's no way we're giving that up, not for love nor fresh breath!
But with these handy tips, you might just be able to have the best of both worlds - and if all else fails then you'll just have to find someone else that loves garlic as much as you. Now that shouldn't be too hard, should it?