With only four days left before the New Year’s Eve—we’re not thinking about champagne and confetti, we’re thinking about the kiss. Yes, the big K-I-S-S at midnight. It’s been said that if you fail to smooch someone at the stroke of the New Year it means you’re destined for a year of loneliness.
While we’re not sure we entirely believe that, a kiss is just a kiss—so you should do it just to be safe, right?
Whatever you decide, there’s one thing you have to take care of before 11:59—your breath. Sure an Altoid or a stick of gum would certainly do the trick, but if you really want to be in the clear you should really be avoiding a few different foods.
Clueless? Don’t worry we’ve rounded up the bites to avoid eating before your shining moment:
• Garlic: obviously.
• Onions: shocker!
• Curry: The spicy dish not only irritates your stomach, but leaves a terrible odor in your mouth as well.
• Anchovies: one word—indigestion.
• Cheese: apparently, anything fermented isn’t going to help your situation.
• Coffee: the worse the coffee, thethe worse the kiss.
If you want to really ensure a good kiss, these foods prevent bad breath:
• Eating berries, citrus fruits, melons and other vitamin C-rich foods create an unwelcome home for bacteria in the mouth.
• Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and celery keep your mouth moving and rinsing itself and avoiding plaque buildup which eventually leads to odors. Hello, vegetable platter!
• Milk and yogurt coat the mouth and mask any bad odors that maybe potentially lingering.
• And yes—gum!