8 Foods to Avoid Before Locking Lips

Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence – sounds like an unbeatable hottie combo for an onscreen kiss in the new Hunger Games movie. Hemsworth revealed, however, that the kiss was “uncomfortable” because of Lawrence’s garlic breath. Cute? Not so much.

Following Lawrence’s footsteps by eating garlic, tuna, or onions before a kiss are obvious no-no’s. But what else should we avoid? We’re putting a stop to this bad breath nonsense. Here are eight ingredients to definitely avoid before some lip-lock action.  

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1. Alcohol

Alcohol

You might be tempted to throw one back before a first kiss, but alcohol dries up your mouth, and a dry mouth is prone to bad breath.  Opt for something more hydrating, like water with lemon.

2. Dairy products

Dairy products
 
Greek yogurt and other high-protein dairy products create a build up of proteins during digestion, which results in bad breath bacteria taking over. Yuck.

3. Gum and mints

Gum and mints
 
We all rely on minty candies to save us from the horror of bad breath.  But sometimes the sugar in these makes bacteria more active, making your bad breath worse! Instead, keep a travel toothbrush with you for desperate times.

4. Acidic foods and drinks

Acidic foods and drinks 
 
Citrus fruits, soda, juices, ketchup…  the acid in these products makes bacteria reproduce much faster. (Skip the OJ.)

5. Coffee

Coffee
 
Like alcohol, coffee dries out your mouth.  Even worse, the coffee taste lingers in there and fuels the odor.  On your coffee date, opt for a hot or iced tea.

6. Meat

Meat
 
An overload on protein breaks down into carbohydrates for fuel.  One of the byproducts is ammonia – which can make for a smelly situation in your mouth.

7. Hot sauce, peppers, and all things spicy

Hot sauce, peppers, and all things spicy
 
These ingredients leave a film of spice on the tongue that releases when you exhale. Lay off the salsa if you know your lips are likely to be getting some lovin’.

8. Nothing at all

Nothing at all
 
We don’t want you do eat nothing, though!  Skipping a meal before a kiss can be even worse. Ketoacidosis is the breakdown in body chemicals when you fast or skip a meal. Translation? Smelly breath. Clean foods, fresh veggies, and endless amounts of agua will keep you in the clear.