Foods that May Lead to Bad Breath

Everyone knows that Onions and Garlic will create bad breath.

But do you know why?

It’s because the odorous molecules in onions and garlic are actually sulfur compounds themselves. (Sulfur is nature’s way of creating odors.)

Food, if it sits out too long will spoil. That action is due to anaerobic bacteria breaking down proteins in that particular food.

In milk, the odor of sour milk is caused by relatives of the bugs that create bad breath, when they break down the lactose protein and allow the release of the amino acids which in turn end up becoming volatile sulfur compounds, exactly the same compounds found in bad breath.

The same analogy applies to meat if it sits out too long.There are 4 categories of foods that will result in an increase of sulfur production because these categories have a stimulating affect on the bacteria and ultimately, bad breath (halitosis):

1. Drying Agents
2. Dense Protein Foods
3. Sugars
4. Acids

Drying Agents:

The most common drying agent in food is Alcohol. Alcohol of course is the basis of all “adult” beverages such as Beer, Wine, and Hard liquor. It is also used, unfortunately in mouthwash, where it only makes the problem worse.

Alcohol is a drying agent, known chemically as a desiccant. It is used quite often in laboratories to “dry out” hard to reach areas in test tubes and beakers. The same end result takes place in the oral cavity.

Although cigarettes are not really food, smoking is probably the quickest way to dry out your mouth, with alcohol the second. If you smoke, you are bound to have bad breath!

Dense Protein Foods:

Dairy foods are notorious for creating bad breath. An article in the Los Angeles Times once noted that over 50% of the population in Southern California was “Lactose Intolerant”. This means that tens of millions of people cannot breakdown the lactose protein in dairy foods (milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc). The end result is a buildup of amino acids, which are easily converted into volatile sulfur compounds by the anaerobic bacteria found within the surface of your tongue and throat.

To a lesser extent, some people have the same problem with other dense protein foods such as: Beef, Chicken, Fish.


Wouldn’t it be great if we could get rid of bad breath by chewing on M&Ms? Or what if the cure for bad breath were Hershey Kisses?

That’s what the makers of ALTOIDS would have you believe. Altoids, and other products of the same ilk, are trying to fool the public into believing that a strong “good” taste in your mouth is equivalent to the “goodness” of your breath. It is so anti-science, as to be absurd. If you think about it for a minute, it doesn’t even make sense.

By using concentrated MINT flavorings, your taste buds pick up MINT as a taste. However, ALTOIDS, contains 2 types of sugar, which are Fuel for the bacteria to reproduce and create more sulfur compounds. In addition, other bacteria can take the sugars and produce glycan strands, which in turn end up causing thick layers of plaque on your enamel and around your gums. This leads to tooth decay and gum disease – and of course worse Bad Breath than when you started.

But, since you can’t smell your own breath, you just go merrily along with that great strong mint taste in your mouth, while others close to you are backing away – backing away from your increasing bad breath, decayed teeth, and gross swollen, bleeding gums!

Stay away from candies, mints, and chewing gum if they contain sugar.

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Acidic Foods

Acidic foods are a problem as you’ll read below. Some foods you should watch out for are:

Coffee – both decaf and regular have acids (Tea is OK)
Tomato Juice

Citrus Juices:
Orange Juice
Pineapple Juice
Grapefruit Juice

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