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Certain foods may help neutralize bad breath odors in a pinch
Updated: 6/21/2011 9:00:03 PM

Ginger that often comes with sushi may help neutralize bad breath odors While some self-conscious individuals avoid eating potent-smelling foods when they are out on dates, others realize too late that their meal choice may come back to haunt them when their partner leans in for a goodnight kiss.

Keeping a stash of mints or gum on hand can help mask bad breath temporarily, but some foods that are typically available at restaurants may be more effective for covering up halitosis. A recent article published by thedailymeal.com suggested several different options for odor-neutralizing foods.

One of these is fresh herbs, particularly spearmint, wintergreen or peppermint, but common garnishes like cilantro or parsley may get the job done, too, the news provider explained.

Sucking on a lemon wedge may also tone down the scent of garlic-tinged breath. Simply squeezing juice from several lemon slices into a cup of water may have a similar effect for individuals who cannot bear the sour taste alone, the news source suggested.

Individuals who go on sushi dates may consider requesting some ginger, which may help cleanse the palate, the news organization said.

According to researchers from the University at Buffalo, one in every four adults has halitosis.

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