Even in the smallest amounts, garlic can leave the pungent smell of halitosis on the breath. In large amounts, its odor can be overpowering. This year, the 12th Annual South Cariboo Garlic Festival promises to offer the bulb in abundance.
The event, which will take place north of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, is a yearly institution dedicated to the garlic plant. It will host all sorts of programs related to the bulb, including garlic eating contests, garlic peeling races, garlic flavored foods and beverages, garlicky popcorn and plenty of garlic cloves for sale, its official website says.
There will even be an award for the most garlicky vendor's booth. The festival is expected to attract hundreds of Canadians.
Garlic causes bad breath primarily by leaving a compound called allyl methyl sulfide in the mouth. This molecule is responsible for the smell that lingers on the breath after eating the plant. Some people are even allergic to allyl methyl sulfide, which can cause contact dermatitis, breathing difficulties and hives, according to an article in the Archives of Dermatological Research.
Brushing may not always eliminate the smell of garlic. To keep the mouth smelling clean and fresh, it may be a good idea to swish with a specialty breath freshening product.