Make sure no one is calling you ‘Dragon Breath’ behind your back!
“Ew!” I cringed and pushed my date away from me. A couple hangouts of good chemistry fell down the drain during a not-so-hot-and-steamy makeout session at his apartment.
“His breath just smelled so bad,” I explained to Marie after the smelly encounter. “It’s like he ate a plate of garlic before he met up with me.”
“Been there,” replied Marie. “I had to interview this candidate today for a position that just opened up at my office. I couldn’t concentrate on what he said because his breath was a huge distraction.”
Sound familiar? Like your stance on Trump vs. Clinton or who really deserved the rose on The Bachelorette, there 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, too! And speaking of dates, up your chances of getting lucky with these 25 Foods That Make You Taste Good.
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.” Speaking of your chompers, go ahead and skip these 15 Worst Foods for Whiter Teeth.
“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.