The smell of fresh garlic on your breath after eating an amazing Italian dish may offend the senses of others, but it won’t offend your health. Recently, Japanese researchers released a new study that stated eating fresh garlic would provide major health benefits, such as preventing bacteria-related food poisoning, preventing blood clots and fighting against certain cancers.

The study’s team is not sure why garlic is so effective, but they believe it may be in response to allicin, an ingredient found in garlic that gives the pungent herb both its taste and smell.

Pasta anyone?