Bad breath (or Halitosis) is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grow in the mouth. When you don’t brush and floss regularly, bacteria accumulate on the bits of food left in your mouth and between your teeth. The sulfur compounds released by these bacteria make your breath smell.
Nobody wants to lean in for a kiss with their breath smelling like garlic, onions, or any of these foul-smelling bad breath foods.
But luckily for us – and luckier for those whom we’ll be kissing on Valentine’s Day – we don’t have to deal with a potentially kiss killing funk emanating from our mouths.
4 Bad Breath Foods
We can think of only one circumstance in which garlic breath may be a good thing…fighting off fang-toothed vampire advances!
Everyone knows about the effects obvious bad breath foods like garlic and onions have on our kissability, but let’s dig a little deeper and delve into the depths of some of the four worst bad breath foods in existence.
- Tuna – Maybe the sashimi grade Bluefin will pass muster, but be prepared to grab a brush and swish some mouthwash following a tussle with the type of tuna requiring a can opener.
- Peanuts – If you like the smell of vinegar, rotten cabbage, or stinky Asian lady beetles, then peanut breath is for you!
- Cheeses – From French curd concoctions banned from public transit to English cheese contenders that reportedly smell like a “rugby club changing room,” cheese is certainly one of the stinkiest bad breath culprits known across the world.
- Kombucha – Kombucha is a form of tea that gets its special punch from yeast, which is allowed to ferment in the warm beverage for a month. What results is a drink that has long, green strands of gunk floating in it, and that smells like compost. Don’t be fooled by wild health claims made by kombucha, there is no scientific evidence that kombucha helps liver function, immunity or anti-cancer activity. But there is evidence showing that this beverage can cause upset stomachs, infections and bad breath!
Keep your fresh breath score high!
There are steps we can take to limiting our bad breath.