The 22 Best and Worst Foods for Your Breath
There are some moments in life when you truly want to look and feel your best. Before a big interview or a date, you’re ready to let your inner confidence shine, so the last thing you want to think about is the fact that you decided to chow down on a garlic-infused a fish sandwich at lunch and now, your breath is anything but minty fresh. There simply just are certain foods that are reserved for a special time and place because otherwise, they will make your breath extra smelly.
Read on to find out the best foods that will score you major fresh breath points on your interview or date—and the absolute worst foods that won’t do you any favors, too!
An apple a day may help keep the doctor away, but it won’t accidentally keep away friends and colleagues; apples are a powerful ally in the fight against bad breath! This due in part to their natural detergent properties. “Apples have been shown to be one of the best foods for breaking down odorous compounds, thanks to their polyphenols,” says Abbey Sharp, R.D., and blogger at Abbey’s Kitchen. “They are also one of the best foods for collecting anything stuck in your teeth that may collect bacteria.”
2. Fresh Herbs
“Fresh herbs like parsley, basil, and mint can help mask bad breath with the strong oils that they contain,” says Leah Kaufman, MS, RD, CDN of Leah Kaufman Nutrition. She explains that the strong oils contained within them help to overpower nose-offending scents. Sally Cram, DDS, a Washington, DC-based periodontist and spokesperson for the American Dental Association, backs up Kaufman. “These herbs can act as a mouthwash to temporarily mask odors,” she says.
While ginger is great for settling the stomach, it also has the powerful effect of neutralizing bad breath. Eating a piece of ginger after your meal can cleanse your palette, leaving your mouth feeling fresher. It’s one of the most underrated foods if you ask us!