From early times man has used garlic （大蒜）. The Bible speaks of it. The Israelites （古以色列人） were once far from home. They cried out to Moses, their leader, for the foods they loved: leeks （韭菜）, onions, and garlic. The Romans, like the Israelites, loved to eat garlic. And they hung bags of garlic around their necks. ＿＿＿＿＿（1） They also thought it would keep them from getting sick.
A similar idea is still held. Many people take garlic thinking it will prevent or cure disease. Most doctors say it does no such thing. ＿＿＿＿＿（2） Its smell may force people to stay far apart. At least then they can't pass germs on to each other. ＿＿＿＿＿（3） What if you're in a play, for instance? Actors have been known to forget their lines because they couldn't stand the garlic smell on a fellow actor's breath. Some have even made up new lines and actions that kept them far away from the one who had eaten garlic.
Through the years man has tried to cope with the smell of garlic. ＿＿＿＿＿（4） We now know why. It's been found that the oils of the garlic do not stick to the teeth, Garlic tongue, or gums （齿龈）. They go into the lungs instead. From there they are breathed out. They pass out through the skin too.
Strange as it seems, food may have a great deal of garlic in it without smelling or tasting strong. It all depends on how it is cooked. French cooks make a good soup with whole cloves （瓣） of garlic. They use more than thirty cloves in one bowl of soup. But they take care not to crush them. And they cook them whole. ＿＿＿＿＿（5） And as the cloves cook they change in some strange way. The soup turns out to be delicious. It's not strong at all.
A But no medicine, mouthwash, chewing gum, or toothpaste seems to help much
B As a result, the strong oils stay in the cloves.
C They say it may help in one way, though.
D Many people eat garlic.
E But keeping your distance can be hard at times.
F They hoped it would keep away the evil eye.
【参考答案】1. F 2. C 3. E 4. A 5. B