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Alexander Karatis 04-10-2005 08:39 AM

After believing that I really had no "sweet-tooth" problem like most people, I felt very fortunate for prefering my coffee black and my carb sources not to be overly sweet (fruits etc.).

So my conclusion was that I was more than likely to stick to my nutritional habits for the rest of my life-I mean if I watch those sweets with disgust almost, how could my diet not be safe for the future?

Then I realized that my usual post-meal habit, of popping one spearmint gum was really starting to get out of hand. Gradually, I started going through pack after pack. Thinking about it, I first thought that what was driving it was probably my preference to having a fresh breath after all the spices and meats/fish I consume.

Then I stumbled onto this article
and realized that "fresh" was probably a euphemism for "sweet".

So, the choice is clear-no more gum or listerine strips. Is there any other way though for maintaining a fresh breath without the use of some form of "sweetener"? Never really thought about this before, but is "good" breath bound to be sweet?

Beth Moscov 04-10-2005 10:41 AM

parsley is the food most used to help breath - even garlic breath. You could also grow some fresh mint in a pot and chew on that for a few minutes after a meal.

Dan Silver 04-10-2005 01:40 PM

You could just get one of those little toothbrushes and matching, teeny-tiny, toothpaste tubes. Might be a pain lugging that around but it'll get the job done.

Personally, I believe bad breath is the hallmark of fine living. Screw freshness, smelly is the new black folks.


Daniel Overvoll 04-10-2005 06:47 PM

Dan S. - Your philosophy explains so much about the photo...

Alex - I grew licorice, which is great to have as a garnish and does a great job to neutralize the garlic I tend to cook with. I suspect you can fnd a grower to give you a plant or seeds there, but if not, let me know and I will send some non-hybrid seeds to Greece.



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