Do you know anyone who has bad breath especially at work where you come in close contact with colleagues? How about anyone at work who smells badly, has “body odor”?  How about you, yourself? Do you have bad breath or body odor even if you shower daily? Would you know if you did?

Whether it is bad breath or body odor, can you guess what foods causes that?  Likely you’ll name garlic and onions. That would be a correct guess. But there is much more.

You’ll be stunned to hear that the other foods that are a significant cause of bad breath and body odor are the very same foods you likely ate today and yesterday and the day before and the day before that, too. Foods you typically eat.

One of the nutrients extracted from food that is a significant cause of body odor and bad breath is a sulfur-containing amino acids. One of those sulfur amino acids is called METHIONINE, [pronounced METH-EE-OH-NIN]. Another is CYSTEINE, [pronounced SIS-TEEN]. Those sulfur sources are what we smell emanating from the mouths and bodies of others and what they smell from ours. When we eat those foods, the odor works its way through the body and out through the skin, lungs and mouth.

“Animal foods—meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, dairy products—are the main sulfur sources.” McDougall also mentions: garlic, onions, coffee, tobacco, and alcohol. [Source: Dr. McDougall’s Digestive Tune-Up, by Dr. John A. McDougall, M.D. Healthy Living Publications, Tennessee. 2006. p-22.]

If you are concerned about body odor, or halitosis, (bad breath), then cut back on the sources of sulfur-containing foods. Better yet, eliminate them altogether.