Tasty, stinky, healthy – Why garlic breath is worth it

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Its strong smell. The strong taste. Opinions about garlic are strong too: Some people love it, others hate it, and there’s little middle ground. But wherever you stand, health experts sing the praises of the bulbous herb, which delivers carbohydrates, protein and fibre along with minerals, B vitamins and vitamin C. But why are its smell and taste so pungent? “Garlic’s aroma is due to sulphur compounds,” explains Dr Martin Smollich, head of the research group on pharmaconutrition at Schleswig-Holstein University Medical Centre’s (UKSH) Institute of Nutritional Medicine in Luebeck, Germany. To b…

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