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Stinky Foods You Need to Keep Eating

By Sara Butler

There are some foods that simply aren't great for socializing. You know, foods that are stinky and therefor make you stinky after you eat them -- not exactly the best way to make friends. But that doesn't mean you should give up these foods because many of them are really good for you. Here are a few stinky foods and how they're so stinkin' good for you.

Raw Onions and Garlic

Probably the two foods people first think of when they consider foods that aren't great at cocktail parties are garlic and raw onions. There's no contesting that the effects of eating these two things are immediate and can linger for quite some time, certainly not the way to impress people at your next social event.

This happens due to a sulfur compound in these foods that makes your breath stinky, yes, but also literally gets circulated by your blood and causes you to breathe them out until your body eliminates them. So, it's not all simply happening in your mouth.

But you should go ahead and eat these foods anyway because they're a great way to flavor foods in place of salt and both contain phytochemicals that promote health and protect you from certain diseases. You can cut down on the bad breath by making sure to stay hydrated or chewing on some fresh parsley after.

Asparagus

Asparagus makes certain things about a person smell funny -- which is something almost everyone knows about this vegetable. But it's only true for about half the population. There is a solid group of people who don't have this unpleasant side effect after eating asparagus.

Asparagus is full of folate and dietary fiber, so you should make it a part of your diet regardless. Just drink plenty of water along with it if you're one of the people who suffer from the unsavory side effect.

Baked Beans

You know what they say about beans -- they're good for your heart! They also happen to have some unsavory digestive system side effects that can get you in a lot of trouble with your spouse when it comes time to go to bed at night.

Beans are very high in fiber. That's what makes them so incredibly good for you. They also happen to be full of a type of fiber that can't be broken down until it gets your large intestine. Once it's been digested, it can produce flatulence.

Remember that a high fiber diet is vital to a healthy diet, so just try to balance the effects of baked beans out with herbs that calm your tummy, such as lemon balm, licorice, chamomile, and peppermint. A nice herbal tea after enjoying a high fiber meal is the ticket!

Stinky foods also happen to be good for you, so don't cut them out. Simply find ways to make them less offensive to those around you.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lake Forest, Calif.

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