Garlic is such a sneaky little bulb. One minute it's making your food taste sooooooo good, then moments later it's torturing everyone within a 3-foot radius of your mouth. But science has, finally, hallelujah, praise Jesus, found a solution to garlic breath using common household foods. A recent study found that chewing on some raw lettuce or an apple will help reduce the stench of garlic on your breath.
The study, published in the Journal of Food Science, suggests raw lettuce and raw apples reduce the concentration of "aroma volatiles" (aka STANK) in your breath by up to 50% within 30 minutes. Cooked apple, apple juice, and cooked or heated lettuce may also be effective, the study found.
This solves so many problems, like what to do when you want to make out with a hottie but you just ate garlic sticks and you don't have any Altoids on hand but you do have that head of lettuce in your fridge. Also: what to do with that lettuce in your fridge? Is lettuce a food? Kind of. But now, you can think of it as more of an after-dinner breath mint.