The keto diet, characterized by the low intake of carbs and high intake of fat, gained popularity as an effective eating plan for weight loss.
However, it has also been subject to criticism and been linked to a number of unpleasant side effects.
The diet leads to ketosis, a state in which the body starts burning fat for fuel instead of carbs.
During this process, the liver produces more of chemicals known as ketones — these include acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate, and acetone.
In particular, acetone may ring a bell as it is commonly found in nail polish removers and paint remover.
It has been suggested that the acetone could lead to something known as keto breath.
While it is not exactly “bad” breath, experts do note that the smell can be rather strong and noticeable in some cases.
The good news is that this effect is temporary. In the meantime, you should make sure you are not slacking on oral hygiene as this could just end up worsening your keto breath.
“First, good oral hygiene is important on any diet,” Scott Keatley, a registered dietitian of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy, told Women’s Health Mag.
By sticking to these habits, one can counter the smelly effects of consuming more protein than usual.
“Sometimes the breath can be caused by an increase in protein intake as protein bits left in your mouth are likely to be transformed into volatile organic compounds, which do not have a great smell,” Keatley explained.
As with Keto breath, the general recommendation is to wait for a few days as this should disappear on its own.
Importantly, do not try douching or using any vaginal hygiene products as they can do more harm than good.