Competitive Eaters have Bad Breath to Worry About

As we have discussed in other articles and posts, diet definitely can have an impact on your breath. Savory, fatty foods and those that are high in protein can often lead to bad breath. The consumption of these foods can leave your mouth coated in grease, food particles and foul-smelling odor molecules.

Pizza and hot dogs are two delicious foods that can often result in bad breath, if the proper oral care products are not used. Now imagine trying to each 68 hot dogs in ten minutes. That is exactly what American Joey Chestnut did in 2009 in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Competition, beating out the long standing, six time champ Takeru Kobayashi. Quickly engorging on that many protein-packed hot dogs full of carbohydrates and scrap meat will definitely not do your breath (or your digestive system) any favors.

Foods rich in protein often result in bad breath as they release ketones and ammonia when the protein molecules are broken down. These bad smelling particles travel in the bloodstream, into the lungs where they are exhaled as foul smelling odor.  It is safe to assume that eating 68 hot dogs in ten minutes doesn’t lend itself to chewing thoroughly. This also makes it harder on your digestive system to break down the proteins.

According to AOL News, Takeru Kobayshi isn’t just sticking to hot dogs anymore. He just narrowly missed a shot at breaking a Guinness record when he wolfed down a 12 inch pizza in just two minutes, three seconds.  Pizza is also a bad breath culprit. Aside from onions and garlic, pizza also has a strong combination of gummy carbohydrates, fatty proteins and cheese. Dairy foods are often difficult for many people (actually tens of millions worldwide) to digest. If you are lactose intolerant, you may not even know it. The inability to break down lactose proteins that are found in all dairy foods causes a buildup of amino acids that can be converted into compounds that will result in bad breath. 

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We’re definitely not saying that competitive eaters should stop what they’re doing. But what advice can we offer them? Be sure to thoroughly floss and brush your teeth, the roof of your mouth, and your tongue. Use an oral rinse that doesn’t contain alcohol at least twice a day. Drink plenty of water and try chewing sugar free gum or candy throughout the day. Perhaps Kobayashi and Chestnut should carry some TheraBreath Mouth Wetting Lozenges with them so they can pop one in their mouths after they win their next eating competition.

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