Many people believe that cultivating a healthier body means doing so at the expense of things like one's breath, but halitosis is not a prerequisite for good bodily health. For example, an article published in the International Business Times suggested that eating garlic is worth the oral odor, considering the health benefits.
Its author, Leslie Goldman, a body image expert who has contributed to a number of national news organizations, writes that while eating the bulb almost always causes garlic breath, it is worth suffering from the aroma, since garlic contains antioxidants.
The latter part is true. Many studies, including a recent one in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, have shown that the antioxidant properties of garlic can improve overall health and reduce the severity of inflammatory diseases like cardiomyopathy.
However, getting rid of garlic breath is as simple as using a specialty breath freshener or, for more long-lasting results, an oral care probiotics kit. These products can neutralize allyl methyl sulfide, which is the compound that gives garlic its unique odor.
So, while garlic is certainly a healthy food, its special brand of bad breath doesn't have to be endured by people in the know.