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How does one best get rid of the taste & smell of garlic after eating?

Asked by beautifulbobby193 (1699points) April 16th, 2010

Regularly after eating food with garlic or onion in it, the taste in my mouth is so strong (even after low amounts) that it even wakes me up in the night and when I do I am usually incredibly thirsty. It remains until next time I have a proper meal.

Does garlic and onion dehydrate or is this an unnatural reaction and how does one best counter the unpleasant after taste and smell?

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partyparty's avatar

I’ve heard that chewing fresh parsley will get rid of garlic breath.

zophu's avatar

A lot of people have negative reactions to garlic, you may have a minor allergy. As for the smell, garlic gets into your entire system. You just have to wait it out. Drinking, eating, being active will speed up the process. You can cover up most of the smell with deodorant and mouthwash.

Buttonstc's avatar

If you’re eating out you can’t control the amount of garlic as easily.

But when doing your own cooking, you should be aware that the more finely it is cut or chopped determines the amount of allacin (the offending chemical compound) which is released.

You can either leave the cloves whole or just halve them for best results. You still get the garlic flavor but it’s not so overpowering.

Also pre-cooking or baking the garlic really mellows it out.

When I make garlic mashed potatoes, I put the garlic cloves in the boiling water along with the potatoes rather than later. This makes it much milder but you still get that nice garlic flavor.

Another thing I do is to cut an entire head of garlic about a third of the way down, drizzle with olive oil, place the top piece back on and wrap the entire head in tinfoil, place insmall baking dish in 350 degree oven for about an hour. Roasted garlic is so yummy and not that strong.

I also second the vote for chewing fresh parsley afterward, a remedy from ancient times till the present.

partyparty's avatar

@Buttonstc Oh roasted garlic that sounds delicious. I’ve just bought some smoked garlic… will be roasting it for dinner tonight!

xRIPxTHEREVx's avatar

Ew I had the same problem before. It kinda just has to go away on its own I guess. I tried everything from mouthwath, toothpaste, gum, to just wayy too strong mints. Nothing worked.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Unfortunately it also gets into your bloodstream causing your body odor to change as well. My recommendation is to enjoy garlic on days when you don’t have a date. I also avoid onions for the same reason. On days with expected “close contact” I only eat mild foods that taste good. Avoid eggs, too.
Consider it one of the sacrifices we make for our partners.

slick44's avatar

Eat fennel

Blondesjon's avatar

I like to find the largest red onion I can and eat it like an apple.

OneMoreMinute's avatar

@Blondesjon LOL! Yup, that would mask garlic breath!

I have found that Chlorophyll or green powder stuff you mix with water works. This is why parsley absorbs odors, but you have to eat a lot more than a sprig or two! This green juice cleans the blood, and garlic breaks up the bacterias and boogey men in the body and carries them out. It is the bacterias that we find so objectionable to our noses, not always the garlic. Else why would so many people eat garlic?
I love love love garlic seasoned foods! Maybe not Garlic Ice Cream!

DarkScribe's avatar

Ask a Vampire – they must have leaned a bit about avoiding “Garlic Breath”.

CMaz's avatar

Why would you want to?

It is a wonderful thing. ;-)

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