Last Updated on March 22, 2020
If you don’t already know, garlic is rich in antibacterial properties and is known to treat various medical conditions. For ages, garlic has been used to promote better heart health, stabilize blood pressure and cholesterol levels, treat hypertension, and fight off the flu, cold, and several infections.
Garlic is incredibly nutritious, containing manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin C, fiber selenium, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorous, and copper.
Despite all the health benefits of garlic, it still has its cons — just like any other food. Eating garlic in excess can cause you many health complications and even wreak havoc on your hygiene, all thanks to its strong odor (which you either like or dislike), amongst other things.
If you want to know more about what exactly the side effects of eating garlic are, why not keep reading?
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Eating too much garlic, especially raw garlic bulbs, can cause you acid reflux (A.K.A heartburn), nausea, and even vomiting.
You should also be aware that excessive garlic intake can also contribute to indigestion, so you should consume it in moderation.
Garlic has also been found to cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which affects 20% of Americans.
GERD is a chronic disease, in which the stomach contents constantly rise into the esophagus and result in heartburn and bad breath.
5. Foul odor
Speaking of bad breath, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, really.
Garlic is famous, or rather notorious, for causing foul oral odor. You could know if someone has had garlic for dinner right away!
Whether you eat a small amount or a large one, the bad breath is inevitable, which is easily one of garlic’s downsides in terms of oral hygiene, especially if eaten raw.
Sometimes, the bad breath doesn’t go away by simply brushing your teeth or using mouthwash after eating garlic, so you can try chewing spearmint gum, drinking mint tea, using tongue cleaners, or swishing mint essential oil.
Garlic, especially if consumed raw and not in moderation, may also trigger headaches.