You already know that eating copious amounts of garlic will leave a tell-tale scent in your wake, but garlic isn’t the only food that reveals what you ate for dinner last night.
Different foods (and drinks) escape your body as smell in various ways. The following five substances join with garlic as some of the worst offenders:
1. Alcohol – Alcohol dehydrates your body, and a dry mouth is a smelly mouth. Some people also tend to sweat more with a few drinks in their system. Even worse, the day after drinking your liver is working hard to expel the toxins from the booze, and it emanates through your pores.
Solution: drink a tall glass of water between every drink or two to fend off dehydration.
2. Curry – Potent spices like curry and cumin gather in your pores after you’ve eaten them, and can sit and brew as literal stink pots for days! If you’ve ever spent time around someone who eats Indian food like it’s going out of style, you may have experienced this personally.
Solution: try seasoning your dishes with cardamom instead of curry. This seasoning actually causes a mild, pleasant odor and leaves your body quickly.
3. Onions – Onions emit sulfurous gases in the digestion process. You probably know the smell of sulfur as another descriptor: rotten eggs.
Onion oil is also a culprit. The Daily Meal reports: “After onions are digested, their pungent oils absorb into the bloodstream, seep into your lungs, and come through your breath. The more onions you eat, the longer you subject yourself to their offensive odor.
Solution: There are many seasonings that substitute for the flavor of onions like salt and lemon juice or pepper and butter. Experiment to see if any float your boat.
4. Sugar-free sweets – Low-calorie or calorie-free artificial sweeteners like sorbitol can be found in sugar-free gum, cookies and candy. The problem is that these artificial sweeteners are totally foreign to your body, and you simply can’t digest them.
This indigestion leads to flatulence and diarrhea (just read the warning labels on sorbitol-containing foods!)
Solution: either cut back on your sweet indulgences, or use natural sweeteners like fruit juices, honey or unrefined cane sugar.
5. No. . . not your fruits and veggies! Yes. Most produce is high in fiber. If you’ve ever gone on a high-fiber crash diet, you quickly became aware of one of its more common side effects: rampant flatulence.
Much of the fiber in fruits and veggies is soluble, meaning it’s able to dissolve in the digestion process. Whereas most foods get digested in the small intestine, soluble fibers don’t break down until they reach the large intestine.
When the healthy bacteria in your gut breaks down the fiber, the gases hydrogen, carbon dioxide and sometimes even methane are produced. Your body has to release these gases, making you an unpopular guest at dinner parties if you don’t excuse yourself from the table frequently.
Solution: You can avoid the sudden, heavy onset of flatulence by slowly incorporating more produce into your diet rather than all at once. If you’re using fiber supplements like capsules or drink mixes, make sure to take them with plenty of water. The more water you have in your system, the more easily the fiber will pass through it.
Can’t bring yourself to give up your favorite smell-inducing foods and beverages? There are other foods you can eat to balance the scent scales. It is said that cinnamon, peppermint, lemon, pineapples, cranberries and lots of water prove themselves in the “you are what you eat” approach.
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