6 Surprising Things That Can Cause Bad Breath (and One Cure)
You're on high alert against seafood, garlic, coffee and gum disease. But are you aware of these stealth offenders?
Your Super-Low-Carb Lifestyle
After a rice-free sashimi dinner or an all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue
, your body is tasked with metabolizing a high amount of protein
. This produces a by-product of ammonia, which, among other places in the body, is released in your breath (fortunately, your dining companions will suffer the same condition). Eating this way on a regular basis—by following a high-protein diet, for example— requires your body to constantly excrete these by-products, as well as molecules called ketones, which can cause your breath to smell in a way that’s described as rotten fruit
—or just rotten.