Monday, May 18, 2009

Bad breath with low-carb diets!!

Are you on a low-carb diet and keep wondering why people around you (your family/friends/colleagues) try to keep a healthy distance from you? Well,the reason could be that you have BAD BREATH !!
A low-carb diet works on the concept of ketosis wherein the body uses fat as a source of energy. The by-products of ketosis are ketones and fatty acids,and the excess ketones are excreted in the urine and breath thus causing the bad breath!!
Of course there are different methods to mask it like drinking lots of water,chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless mints and swishing your mouth with water after eating food.Since the cause of the bad breath is metabolic-the only cure would be to get back to eating a balanced diet(with carbs) and getting on a regular exercise routine for your weight loss goals.
It's your choice:
a)Low-carb diets+bad breath=no friends + weight loss + associated dangers(of low-carb diet)
b)Balanced diet +exercise= friends +weight loss + good health
Read more:
  1. WebMD: Low carb diets can cause bad breath
  2. Mayo Clinic: Low-carb diets
Question: What would YOU choose?


Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow Sweta those are amazing facts... I never knew that ketones and bad breath are related!!! I am a regular visitor of Webmd but never p[eeked into Mayo shall check on that!!

Anonymous said...

LOL - those low-carb diets never worked for me. Balance is always the key.

Anonymous said...

love it Sweta. Great post!

Sweta (My Indian Dietitian) said...

Pearl,Angie-thank you :)
Ramya-there's a wealth of info at the Mayo clinic website too!
Natasha-you're right,balance s the key!

sangeeta said...

yes ....this ketosis is responsible for many more serious health problems.
even ayurveda says that low carb diets cause bad breath and body ayurveda high protien diet is considered 'tamasic' .

Heather S-G said...

No-brainer there!! I could not, would not (in a boat) give up carbs. But yes, balance is definitely the key. said...

Nice post. I have a lot of friends. That says it all ;)
I never go on fat free diets or low crab stuff. I prefer going balanced.

Gina; The Candid RD said...

I work in a weight loss clinic and many of the patients are on a very low carb diet. I've never actually smelled the bad breath, but my college roommate used to do low carb and her pee always smelled awful. Either one is gross. I'd choose exercise and everything in moderation!

Pooja said...

Wow that was great info! Never knew that low carb diet would cause bad breath. Thanks for sharing.

Yasmeen said...

Interesting fact.I'm almost always balanced ,can't imagine just eating the curry and not the roti or rice with it.My break fast is some times low in carbs with fruit and eggs.Not sure if that's totally low carb either coz some kind of fruits like bananas have good amount of carbs.

Anonymous said...

I'd choose my sanity, thank you very much. no carbs in my diet would drive me crazy. and the fact that we get bad breath just proves that our body is not made for low-carb diets!

Sweta (My Indian Dietitian) said...

Sangeeta-thanks for the info.It's actually good to see that Ayurveda is getting it's due credit nowadays!
Girlichef-nor would I on a tree or in a train(BTW,that's my son's fave book):)
Smitha-speak volumes about your good choice!
Gina-me too,everything in moderation+my daily exercise!
Pooja- your most welcome.
Yasmeen-yes,fruits do have some carbs.
Sophia-well said!

Lavanya said...

great formula..intresting too :)

theUngourmet said...

I have heard about this bad breath thing.

I am trying to figure out a weight loss program for my daughter and I am wondering what you think about the South Beach Diet???

That is too bad the you missed out on the Subs!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

haha well yes, of all the reasons to eat some healthy carbs, this is one of them!

i believe no 'diet' works, it's all about changing the way you live and eat in a sustainable way that lasts!

Kalai said...

Great Info about low-carb diet.

Sweta (My Indian Dietitian) said...

Lavanya,Kalai-thank you.
The Ungourmet-I believe the best way for long term weight loss is to reduce junk in the diet,eat whole foods,fruits and a daily exercise routine.I don't believe in any of the fancy diets.Let me know if you need any further help!
Michelle-you're absolutely right,but most people can't decide that for themselves.Works better when someone plans it out for them:)

chow and chatter said...

great post and I love the discussion and comments at the end, balance is key but most folks do over eat carbs, so 1/2 the plate veggies 1/3 protein and 1/3 carbs works well, lol

Krissie said...

Great information. Low carb diets are OK for a short period of time, but at some point you still have to have a piece of bread or pasta!

Moderation is the key!