Have bad breath? Here’s why

Filed under: Health — Tags: — @ May 13, 2004

We’ve gotten email from several readers about the effects that low-carb diets have on breath (specifically can a low-carb diet cause bad breath?). HealthDay provides the answer in this piece: yes.

bq. Low-carb diets work by getting the body to burn stored fat as fuel rather than carbohydrates. As that fat burns, chemicals known as ketones build up in the body. They are released through the breath and urine, and they can be smelly.

So while you may not enjoy the bad breath, it means you are losing weight. Several tips to combat halitosis are given, including drinking lots of water. One of the readers who emailed us noted that sugar-free mints do an excellent job.

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