11 Foods that Cause the Worst Bad Breath

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We’ve all been there before – talking with someone when a smell comes creeping along. Who is it? Is it you? Panic ensues and you rush to find the closest breath mint. Bad breath, clinically known as halitosis, can be caused by a number of foods and ingredients. If you’re a fan of any of these foods, you would be wise to keep a pack of gum in your car and at your desk at all times!

1. Onion

It’s no surprise that onions, especially uncooked onions, are possibly the worst cause of bad breath. This is because onion contains a special sulfur-like acid. As we all know, sulfur, well, stinks. As onions are broken down in our bodies, these sulfur compounds stick around for nearly 24 hours. Not only can you smell onion on your breath, it can also be emitted in your sweat!

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Dustin Payne is a freelance writer who specializes in health & wellness, video games, and the tech industry. Outside of writing, Dustin plays guitar in a few local bands and enjoys a good book and a good beer. Dustin lives with his wife and daughter in Dayton, Ohio.