Why is garlic breath so darn nasty? Science has answers

How can something that tastes so good and is so good for you have such awful repercussions for your breath? The American Chemical Society breaks it down.

Let's talk about garlic, the bulb that adds tons of flavor to your favorite dishes. Garlic has a lot going for it -- it tastes good, it's good for your body, and it kills vampires hellbent on sucking your blood. But garlic can also have a devastating impact on your social life, as it absolutely destroys your breath until you can next brush your teeth or chug some mouthwash.

So how does garlic wreak such havoc on your breath? To answer this, the folks at the American Chemical Society teamed up with the Compound Interest blog to break down the chemistry of garlic breath. This video will teach you what chemical compounds cause the dreaded garlic breath, and what you can do to combat it.

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