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Can an Apple a Day Keep Bad breath Away?

While an apple a day may not keep Dr.H away, it can keep your bad breath away!

Reuters reports that Korean researchers have found a small natural solution to bad breath – apples! But not just any apples,”Kiss Apples” are small enough to be kept in a purse, coat pocket or bag for easy access. They are tiny apples that can be popped into the mouth whole.

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The idea stemmed from an effort to get young people to eat more apples and coincidentally enough apples are one of nature’s most effective breath-fresheners. Apples, along with other crunchy, fibrous foods, help remove pieces of food stuck in your teeth, which if left produce a bad smell.

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If you don’t have access to these little apples, any regular apple can do the trick! The polyphenols found in apples break down the smelly sulfur compounds. Spinach is another polyphenol-rich food that is good at breaking down stinky sulfur compounds.

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According to Sheryl Barringer, Ph.D., professor of food science and technology at Ohio State, the polyphenols in foods like spinach and apples should be mixed with garlic to break down the sulfur compounds.